Mama always said it might freeze like that…
Digital photography is a marvelous thing. It allows us to see immediately a captured image, edit/correct it on the fly, and even delete it if editing cannot save it and make it presentable. What we used to have to wait for, sometimes for weeks, we can now see and share with lightning speed.
It has started me thinking about my face, and the faces of other people in my life. I’ve seen some pictures of myself in the last few years that range from OK to hilarious to horrifying. When I was little and I made silly facial expressions, I remember Mama telling me, “You better be careful or your face might freeze like that!” The advent of digital photography has allowed the face-freezing-like-that phenomenon to happen, and it allows us to see the aftermath instantaneously! Below are some examples:
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will state that I posed for two of these, while the other two were captured without my knowledge. I kept them all because they made me laugh even though they aren’t necessarily flattering. Funny isn’t always “pretty”, and in my own case and face, I value the funny at least as much.
My friend (and first ever work husband) Martin once said that laughter is the most intimate of emotions. I agreed with him. Genuine, unself-conscious laughter, the kind where I throw my head back and clap my hands, or I laugh so hard I lose my breath, or laugh till I cry or pee my pants, or both…moments with laughter like that are about as intimate as it gets. Unguarded, open and real. And if I can evoke that kind of laughter in another human being, it feels like the most lovely of accomplishments.
So if my face freezes in a less-than-flattering moment, it’s just for a moment…and if that moment makes me or someone in my presence laugh, then it’s worth it. Because if I am being honest, laughter IS beautiful. Intimate, genuine and beautiful.