The millennial generation is not only fast-paced, but obsessed with being perfect.
Because of that obsession, we’ve created filters that transform us into how we want to be seen.
When I first created a Facebook account, I did not have a smartphone. I would take pictures with my digital camera, transfer them to my computer, and then load them.
This process was not only slower, but the images were very raw, unlike the photos we see today.
Yes, we had Photoshop, but only the pros knew how to use it. Our pictures were loaded just the way we took them, and that was absolutely fine.
In those days, no one had any problem loading a picture to Facebook just the way they took it on their camera.
Today, things are very different. To start with, I don’t use a digital camera anymore; every picture I post is from my cellphone, and I will not post any picture on my social media without adding some type of filter.
There’s a trend out there called “no filter”. It’s all over Instagram as #NoFilter and on Facebook, everyone always makes a point to say “no filter”.
The trend is awesome, and I believe it’s extremely healthy. After all, who came with all of these addicting filters?
Filters have changed my life a little, and I believe they have also changed the way I see and accept myself.
I recently found that I lack the courage to post a picture without filters. I feel ugly when I don’t have one on there.
When I am about to post a picture, first I pick “the best” picture (out of the millions I have taken), then I choose the best filter for the occasion.
The best filter is the one that hides all of my imperfections: my dark circles, blemishes and messy hair.
I understand that filters probably weren’t made for what I use them for.
I would like to believe that maybe they were created to enhance a picture, not to cover imperfections or mistakes. Unfortunately, that is how I use them.
I use filters to make me look prettier. Though filters aren’t exactly Photoshop tools, I use them as if they were.
Using filters has made me less accepting of the person my parents created and my husband fell in love with.
I hope this new “no filter” trend will help me once again accept my true beauty without having to filter it.
I hope this trend takes off and that everyone joins us in embracing their unfiltered beauty.
The beauty I speak of is one without artificial blurs, lines or lights.
We must accept ourselves and love what we see in the mirror, not what we see in our social media feeds after it has been “corrected” by some lame filter.
As a photojournalist, I feel ashamed of using so many filters. After all, editing an image and modifying a person’s looks is unacceptable in my field.
My undying passion for photojournalism has helped me to take a stand on the “no filter” pictures on social media. I can only hope that you would do the same, for your own sakes.
Choose to display your true, unique beauty, not a fake, altered version of yourself.