George Szirtes, always one for a good idea, has an interesting post on his blog under the title: Being photographed . . . (see: blog updates).
Why do we keep the photos we keep and discard the ones we discard is what he wants us to think about, and being George Szirtes much more besides.
Do we keep the best of them merely to boost the ego? Do we get rid of the worst because they make us look worse than we really think we should look?
I must admit I'd never thought of this topic as a blog subject; but having now considered it I see that it does interest me.
As far as I am aware I have in the course of time habitually deleted or thrown away the out of focus, the boring and uninteresting, and the images where the light was too dim or was overwhelmingly bright etc.; in other words the technically bad compositions.
Unlike George Szirtes I have never had the idea that my nose chin and neck wouldn't pass a Hollywood screen test. In my case its my ears, George!
A child once remarked to her teacher: Mr Williams has the biggest ears I have ever seen!
But nevertheless I have never consciously worried about how my ears appear on a photograph - not since junior school watch-the-birdie days at any rate!
Below are 3 photos of me, all selected completely at random - I come complete with 3 noses and 5 ears!
I like 'A' the best. There I see something of my brother.
When all is said and done it's not the size of our ears but it's what we have working between our ears that matters. And that is something one can't easily photograph.