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“My 7-year-old took a picture of us watching his brother’s basketball game when we weren’t looking. It’s blurry and overexposed and all I could see were the things I don’t like about myself: Double chin, wrinkles, the weird angle of my profile, the perpetual coffee stain on my shirt.
If I’m being totally honest, I was planning on deleting it when he wasn’t looking. That’s the problem with modern technology, digital photography, smartphones and filters: We can instantaneously erase anything that isn’t “perfect.” We can keep reviewing and critiquing and recreating a picture over and over again until we get what we want.
That’s not always a bad thing, but we lose something along the way. We lose a little bit of who we really are.
The more I looked at this picture, the more I liked it. Because it’s one of the few candid pictures of me that exists. I’m usually the one behind the camera. And if I’m in front of the lens, it’s often a posed picture. A group shot at Christmas. A night out on the town in fancy clothes.
I love all of those pictures, but I love this more. Because this is what my children see when they look at me…”