My Flickr and Twitter friend Strph has posted the best Flickr set ever. It’s called “How Not to Shoot Fat Chicks,” and it’s a collection of very familiar rules about how fat women must never be photographed—with accompanying photos that break all the rules. The rules thus far (there are more to come) are:
1. Always shoot her from above.
2. Never shoot her from below.
3. Never shoot the profile.
4. Never let her wink.
5. Never shoot her entire body.
6. Don’t show too much skin.
7. Don’t catch her slouching on a couch.
PS: This is my tongue-in-cheek approach to debunking the idea that fat girls can only be attractive with “photo tricks”! Rules are made to be broken. :) I highly recommend breaking them whenever you darn well please.
One thing you will no doubt notice looking at the photos is that Strph is beautiful in all of them. And I hope it also inspires you to post your own photos. (Maybe we can talk Strph into starting a pool; in the meantime, how about the What Beautiful Looks Like pool?) [ETA: Here by request is Strph’s brand new How Not To Shoot Fat Folk pool! Now with added gender neutrality, so come on down!]
To kick things off, here I am with a baby (Don’t take a picture with anyone smaller than you are!) and here I am eating something, with a giant room service tray in front of me (Don’t shoot yourself eating! In fact, don’t shoot yourself with food at all!)
So what are your rules for taking pictures of yourself? And are you willing to break any of them?
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