Jul 8, 2009
These images are of German photographer Ivonne Thein and part of the exhibition “32 kilos” of the Goethe Institute in Washington. They have generated much discussion. According to the author, the photographs are a critical to the standard of beauty of body lean and not very healthy. In general, the feeling that this type of image is concerned with amazement.
But the images are viewed with admiration by the participating communities pro-anorexia (pro-ana). There are many communities and blogs on the Internet that bring together “practitioners” of anorexia and bulimia, the majority women. In these areas, people report their problems, their goals are, show your menu low in calories with pride and to teach some techniques to lose weight at any cost. If you give a quick search at Google with “thinspo” (a combination of English words for thinness and inspiration) will find many photos similar to these.
Do you think this type of picture is critical to our current standard of beauty or on the contrary it influences people and rises their expectations when it comes to models and how they should look like. They are less and less realistic and it’s no longer a thing connected only with the runway. Whenever I turn on my TV I have the feeling that the actors are getting more and more skinny, such as Ally McBill for example.What is so attractive in that alien and unreal look?