I think it’s obvious to us all that the tendency today of the representation of a woman, especially in media and on the internet, but also unfortunately through art; is a skinny, white, young woman. I’m not going to say much about it here, because although saying it is good and important, I feel that it’s not the same as doing something about it. I don’t have a very popular blog, about 550 followers, and I post pictures of nature more than people. But there are a lot of pictures of women on my tumblr, and most of them though not super skinny, are still white. To be honest, I post them because I like them, because I think the photographs are beautiful or interesting, and I wish that that could be all I had to consider when I post something. But I do think that even though I’m not at all personal here usually, I feel that having a blog, in no matter what scale and type, you are saying things through what you post on your blog. And I don’t want to say that it’s ok to have a grave overrepresentation of the white female, because it’s not. So I’m going to make an effort to consider the differences of people in the images I post. In general we lack more of those pictures, but I’m sure that with more searching and an open mind it’s possible to change the weight of that scale on this tumblr.
I don’t know who the woman in the photo is. Which so many times is the case when we reblog and post photos here and there in our image-loaded lives. And because we don’t know her name (unless you know, feel free to tell me… ) there is a distance created between the viewer and the person in the photo. In this way the photo becomes a representation, of a situation, a mood, a time, a gender, a skincolor, a social class. It’s unavoidable, though we of course can look beyond that and see what is simply human or wordly about the photo. Which to me is her smile.
I want so much for everybody, woman as man, young as old, to be able to have a smile as deep and sparkling as that. I don’t want this to be a day of complain, though it is clear that full equality in the world still is far from being achived. I still want this to be a day of smiling, smiling through all of that, showing that spark from the inside, that goes beyond what we do and how we look. Because being strong and happy about who we are, not despite of how we look, but because of it, is one of the most imporant steps of affecting people to see beyond looks into who we really are. Of course I’m not saying that has to be a smile, as all feelings can be a way there. But I do think the power of happiness is a very constructive one…
This is a film studio in Paris. The year is 1905. Can you spot the director?
I’ll give you a hint. She’s wearing a corset.
The woman silhouetted in the center foreground is Alice Guy, the world’s first female filmmaker and head of production at Gaumont. Unfortunately, we can’t hear what she’s saying to the cast and crew, but if you watch this entire clip, you will see her arranging actors and turning on music to help them dance in time.