Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pose like you mean it

Have you ever wondered about the way people pose for pictures these days? No I don't mean to point at that goofy guy or gal who puts a "V" sign behind someone's head. That has been happening since the inception of photography. I am talking specifically about the way people pose for pictures especially since it became viable and also 'cool' to click and share pictures using cellphone cameras.

I have observed a pattern of poses, especially with the younger crowd.  The girls/women are generally pouting, unnaturally with their pout sizes ranging from Angenlina Jolie right till Late Sh. Narsimha Rao.


If not the pout then you'd see the duck face which is also quite very popular amongst both the genders.



The cheeks are sucked in(intentionally) and one hand is on the waist. Atleast one of the legs is bent, if not both, giving the girl a very strange and unnatural posture. It's almost as if they are trying to take the least possible space on the ground.





The eyes are enlarged, again consciously, to give a "I am desirable and I see you seeing me" look(See Priyanka Chopra's pic above). Also popular amongst girls is the mouth open and licking-the-upper-lip pose.




The boys/men don't do the bent leg thing, they claim their space on the ground and still believe that they are desirable. But then they resort to other things like fist pumps, the rock star demonic or peace signs.



Also popular amongst guys is the pose where they are looking away from the camera, usually down, with their hand on the neck.


Raising eyebrows is also common amongst both the genders and so is wearing sunglasses on the nose with eyes peering above them.


To me these pictures seem to be newer versions of the yesteryear pictures where the girl showed the henna on her hands, or when she posed with her face between her wrists with bangles or when men posed wearing suits looking far away into the horizon:






In both the cases it feels like the picture subjects have been trying toooooo.. hard. Only the definition of cool seems to have changed, but in both the cases - Pretty girls end up looking like wannabes and  good looking guys end up looking like creeps.

By the way, how do you get your pics clicked?

Image Sources:
  • https://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/8-tips-pink-lips-naturally-000304791.html
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