Why is it that when we take pictures and put them on social media we stage them? In another way, we take pictures that are of the “good” moments only. We don’t like to show the REAL moments that go along with all that is good that happens. In fact, there have been times when social media giants have actually deleted people’s real moments right off of their platforms. Like the time Rupi Kaur had her image of her period stain on her bed and pants removed in her attempt to make a powerful public statement.
“I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be ok with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human” Rupi stated. And she has a point, even Facebook will delete content of starving children or a pregnant woman’s partial breast but will leave half naked celebrities, naked female bums and more. Why is it that when we make a REAL statement or try to change the world, social media is there to try and stop it or hinder it in some way while it heavily promotes destructive pop culture in the same breath?
But back to our habits for a second, why don’t we share moments of challenge on social media as much? Wouldn’t these moments be powerful ways to share what life can really be like for people? Maybe begin creating dialogue around how we can be supported through these times and how others can navigate them as well?
In one way, maybe it is not other people’s business, in another way, why is someone’s half naked rear end in a pornified fashion someones business? Why has our culture become meaningless drivel vs celebrating powerful moments of humanity and life?
Take Elinor Carucci for example. She is an Israeli-American photographer who currently lives in New York. She released a powerful gallery of images entitled “Mother” that chronicles the journey that every mother goes through but often goes untold. Whether that’s for good reason or not, there’s something powerful about seeing the reality of being a mother, especially as I viewed her images as being a person who does not have kids.
You get this feeling through her images of what the journey might look and feel like. As any great artist does, they inspire and touch people while connecting with something in them that is common throughout all of us. Her images are raw and real. Anything from a runny nose of her child to the scar of her c-section. They are artistic masterpieces that will let you into the life of a mother, the good times and the more challenging ones.
Take a look at the images below to capture some of the realness of her work in her Mother series. You can see her entire series here. *Disclaimer* there is nudity in the images on her site so NSFW.
You can see her entire series here. *Disclaimer* there is nudity in the images on her site so NSFW.
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