Snapshot

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2013
Gouache and pencil on photo collage on Bristol
17×11

Why do we like taking photos of ourselves? Don’t we see enough of our selves on the mirror? Is it because the camera “freezes time” by capturing that one second of our face, and holds it there, whereas in the mirror we can see our selves constantly changing, and we can’t duplicate that one second that just passed by in a blink of our eyes.
But can we trust the camera the way we trust the mirror? After all, cameras do add ten pounds to our faces, it can skew and distort, and change the tone, color, and exposure.
Or maybe that’s what we want, to see ourselves as we want to be seen, not as we are. Today’s cameras can do so much tricks; it can make us look like a supermodel on the cover of Vogue.  Even our minds play tricks on us, to see as we want to see.

We are a vain, narcissist beings.  Sometimes we need to take off the glasses and put down the lenses and see with our own naked eye, to learn to appreciate the true beauty.

Published by theartistaslisalee

Lisa Lee is an artist and writer based in Southern California. She was educated at Cal State University Long Beach where she received her BFA in Illustration, and originally focused her career goal in animation and/or comic books. After eight years freelancing on various projects from web graphics to concept art she now devotes full time to painting and drawing as well as writing and producing graphic novels. She combines her past experiences in animation and graphic art with the elements of modern masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Much of her style revolves around Expressionism and Pop Art, and she treats each piece independently of one another; in short, she uses different styles and techniques for different subject matters. Her interests spans a wide array, from social and political issues, popular culture, movies, history, mythology, and her own personal experiences. She tends to shift back and forth between the light and the dark side; her work will often reflect her mood. When not associating herself with art Lisa enjoys movies, listening to music, driving around aimlessly, and occasionally dabbles on weird hobbies such as cooking, jewelrymaking, and picking weeds.

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