Can’t stand me… when I’m not ready.

From the Daily Post:

What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?

I’d rather avoid watching videos and looking at pictures of myself.  As to why, it took me the last 24 hours to put them into words:

  • While not camera-shy, I have a very particular sense of aesthetics, and I’m very, very particular about the way I wish to present myself.  I’m not the biggest fan of candid shots, so I’d really appreciate a bit of a heads-up if you wish to take my picture |Db ~ … or you can be a sneaky ninja and snap away.  Only a few have succeeded and lived to tell the tale.
  • I actually like the sound of my voice.  People have always told me that I have a nice voice over the phone and over the radio.  I also sing — and while I’m very critical over how I sound while singing, I can appreciate my singing voice and even more so when I’m singing with others.
  • I find it easier to share my voice (and my writing, for that matter) than my face.  One look at my Facebook, and the number of selfies I have can be counted on one hand with fingers to spare, and pictures of me are most likely taken by other people.  I’m more likely to do a podcast/voice post than a vlog.
  • Any pictures I share are of pictures I took.  It’s not about trying to project an air of mystery, but I prefer being the photographer — the only witness to my being at a certain place and time is the fact that I’m the one behind the lens.
  • I also prefer to present myself with words.  Appearances can definitely be deceiving.

I believe that the choice between presenting yourself through one medium over another, boils down to an individual’s personal aesthetic standard — the way I like presenting myself to myself is how I’d like to present myself to others.

I’d like to end this post with a quote from Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine, when Griffin asked Sabine for her picture.  She replied, along with a painted self-portrait —

A photograph would not be possible. I offer myself in paint instead.  It’s self-flattering, but that’s our prerogative as artists — to record ourselves the way we wish.

(That’s me in the featured image, by the way.)

About Cielo

I am a paper-pusher by day, a log by night, an aspiring singer-dancer and a wannabe artist in-between. I am also a Professional Space Cadet.
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