When you flip open a magazine or watch an ad on primetime TV, how much of the makeup or fashion model you’re seeing is real, and how much has been digitally enhanced?
Anna Hill, who’s been using Photoshop since she was in her teens, is highly aware of how much we’re shown that’s been faked using technology, as demonstrated in a recent viral video that showed such a transformation in progress.
“Many are edited so much, they may as well be advertising Photoshop rather than what they sell,” the 24-year-old student told TheBlaze in an email.
For her final advanced digital photography class project at East Carolina University, Hill “thought it would be fun to make fun of how much beauty ads are digitally enhanced.”
Called “Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep,” Hill’s project includes self-portraits that she has digitally enhanced to parody beauty ads.
“It was also an opportunity to remind others that the people, that the real faces and bodies behind mass media we see daily don’t look much better than everyone else,” she said.
Because she has been working with Photoshop for nearly half her life, she told TheBlaze this exposure “made me more aware of just how much is altered.”
“If a person in an image looks so pristine they look unreal, 90 percent of the time it is unreal,” she continued. “Photoshop is an amazing tool and I love it (otherwise I wouldn’t have spent years learning it), but I wanted to point out that it can be — and is — often abused.”
Head over to Hill’s website Nebulae Decay to see more of her work.