Photographer publishes unretouched photos to show that “acne is normal”

Jan 23, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer publishes unretouched photos to show that “acne is normal”

Jan 23, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In recent years, the trends in retouching photos have been changing. Altering someone’s appearance isn’t so welcome anymore, judging from the recently reformed guidelines at CVS Pharmacy and Getty Images. Young photographer Peter DeVito has shared a photo series that goes along with these trends, but he’s taking it a step further. In his portraits, he has left the acne unretouched. His goal is to send the message that “acne is normal.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYoc6a9jdvB/?taken-by=peterdevito

20-year-old DeVito admits that he’s struggled with acne for a while. In 2017, he took “barely any pictures” of himself because he hated the way his skin looked. He says that recently his skin condition has been getting progressively worse. However, he wants to show that having acne is normal. He’s working on a project that portrays acne in a more positive light. It should encourage anyone dealing with this problem to see themselves in a different light.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYg1BqSD2Dl/?taken-by=peterdevito

As Peter told Elle, the body-positivity movement inspired him to start this series. Since he started posting the images, he has received plenty of messages from his followers. It seems that the photo series has affected many people to see themselves in a more positive light. And Peter hopes that “people will just start to learn to accept themselves more and not compare themselves to what other people look like.”

Now, as someone who has had acne, my opinion about this project and normalization of acne is twofold. First of all, I wouldn’t agree with “acne is normal” as a general statement. It’s normal when you’re a teenager, we’ve all been there. But at a later age, acne can be a symptom of more serious health issues. If you’re still dealing with them long after your teen age is over, of course, you shouldn’t think of yourself as less beautiful, but you should check your health.

On the other hand, at a very young age – I guess having acne is normal. As teenagers, we all go through hormonal changes and our body reacts to them. But, self-conscious as they are, young people feel ashamed of their skin and see themselves as less beautiful than they actually are. From this perspective, I believe Peter’s project is fantastic and empowering for the young people. You can’t do much about acne while your hormones are running wild, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of and there’s no reason to feel less beautiful. Still, take care of your health, both as a teenager and as an adult. Your body and your skin will be thankful.

[via FStoppers, Elle]

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17 responses to “Photographer publishes unretouched photos to show that “acne is normal””

  1. Jan Metvs Avatar
    Jan Metvs

    Yes, it’s normal and no, it’s not something to glorify and present as ‘beautiful’… ?

    1. Maxou Avatar
      Maxou

      Doesn’t mean it’s something to chase as ‘ugly’…

      1. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
        Duncan Dimanche

        But it is though… i still have some acné at 30 and I know that I get it when I eat sugar or bred… i am no doctor but past a certain age acne does come in big parts from what you eat

  2. KC Avatar
    KC

    People are not perfect. That statement is not perfect, either. Perfect implies that there’s flaws. We’re wonderfully different.

    I can relate to a lot of this. There’s few images of me anywhere. I was in an accident, and although the scars have been repaired or faded with time, I still remember them, even visualize them. It was a test of strength and determination to photograph other people while I still had bandages on.

    I don’t want to drift into cliche’s. I was lucky. When the bandages came off, there were stylists who helped me. We didn’t hide the damage, we made the best of what was there. That alone was a fascinating journey.There’s difference between getting dressed and wearing clothes properly. A proper hair styling rather than “just a haircut”. Yes, those are all props, but it made me feel good and I projected that. My thanks to those great stylists.

  3. Marc Falzon Avatar
    Marc Falzon

    Well, of course it’s normal. So are yellow, rotten teeth, and oily unwashed hair and dry cracked lips.

  4. Sandy Lee Avatar
    Sandy Lee

    Judging by these comments, you’re all awful.

    1. Marc Falzon Avatar
      Marc Falzon

      Cast stones, not.

    2. Brenda Lee Avatar
      Brenda Lee

      Some pretty callous comments here.

    3. Curtis Sparks Avatar
      Curtis Sparks

      You want hug? A cookie?

  5. Marc Stokes Avatar
    Marc Stokes

    And yet many of those I see complain about retouching have snapchat filtered profile pictures with that awful “beautify” filter on. ?

  6. Tim Brakemeier Avatar
    Tim Brakemeier

    The difference is, dirty toilets can and should be cleaned. If you got acne you got a problem you are not responsible for and which is not so easy to solve.

  7. David Bell Avatar
    David Bell

    If you are a photographer then you are also the janitor. Yes it is your responsibility.

  8. Roberto Miranda Avatar
    Roberto Miranda

    los bigotes también lo son , no veo porque las mujeres se los sacan.

  9. Raymond Jackson Avatar
    Raymond Jackson

    Attention seeking and grandstanding. Acne is hardly an SJW issue.

  10. Michal Čerňanský Avatar
    Michal Čerňanský

    So clients and subjects don’t get to choose whether they get cleaned? Are you basing your argument on comparing people to toilets?

  11. Lucía Inglese Avatar
    Lucía Inglese

    Great, but pimples aren’t always there so it’s normal that clients want them retouched. Also retouching isn’t only about removing acne or making skin look “perfect”. There’s a lot more involved in retouching that has nothing to do with making someone look flawless. Thing is… because of a few rotten apples that go too far with retouching people think retouching itself is wrong and awful.

  12. AsianReaper Avatar
    AsianReaper

    Get over it man . And change your diet if you’re not a teen with all the screwy hormones then likely you have pizza face cause you eat unhealthy food or put chemicles in your body and all the crap has to come out someplace .