Model Ingvild Aase
“The Narcissus complex was first ingrained in Greek mythology and subsequently appropriated by the Romans within their own mythology dubstep. Throughout history, tribes have demanded a specific appearance or certain standards of beauty, often dictated by patriarchal enforcement. The current global society merely consists of many larger tribes, connected through the illusory hyperreality of the internet, and at the not-so-transparent claws of industry.
Standards of beauty, specific body features, and the quest for contentment through physical appearance have been commercialized for centuries. Ancient Greek standards of beauty have permeated all Western cultures and provided an irresistible opportunity for commerce to monetize a false perception of beauty. Since very few humans fit the idealized physiognomy, it is implied that we should spend large sums on a myriad of beauty products, diets, instantaneous surgical transformations, snake oil remedies, and trendy exercise contraptions; a false perception leading billions of customers to embrace the poisoned cool-aid of the industry.
Social media, the fantasy world of non-connections with its cruel judgmental pathology and constant peer pressure, has encouraged us to alter our appearance in order to be accepted in whatever sub-tribe we seek to join. As another highly profitable branch of industry, with data mining, manipulations, and intrusions, social media has idolized false standards of beauty, often leading to a self-destructive sense of self, further isolation, and an escape into a fantasy world.”
The “Dysmorphobia” image is an actual photograph and what the camera recorded at the time of capture. It is not created on a computer. The distorted abstract reflection of the subject matter is created by ripples in the water surface, distorting the mirror effect seen underwater. The image is rotated 90 degrees in reference to the surface of the water. You can read more about the Underwater Study series in this link.
Dysmorphobia refers to a subjective feeling of ugliness in a person of normal appearance. It may occur as part of a schizophrenic psychosis, an affective disorder, or as an obsessional or phobic-like complaint.
Dysmorphophobia, also known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), is primarily characterized by fixation on an imaginary flaw in physical appearance.
Small crop from the “Dysmorphobia” image
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