A professional photographer has taken to TikTok to call out the platform’s filters, claiming that they are causing people to have unrealistic perceptions of themselves.
In a recent post, the photographer, who owns a commercial studio, showed a side-by-side comparison of a person’s photo with and without the ‘Bold Glamour’ filter that has been taking TikTok by storm. The filtered photo showed the person with flawless makeup, white teeth, and seemingly perfect skin, while the unfiltered photo showed the person in their natural state.
The photographer said that filters like these are “bullshit” and are messing with people’s brains, making them think that they actually look like their filtered selves. They also claimed that people are devastated when they see their actual photos because they have become so used to seeing themselves through a filtered lens.
According to the photographer, these filters have become people’s baseline, causing them to compare themselves to an idealized version of themselves that doesn’t exist. They also claimed that people are using filters to cover up their perceived flaws, such as wrinkles, and are convinced that they are ugly without them.
The photographer’s post has received mixed reactions from TikTok users. While some agree with their sentiments, others have defended the use of filters as a form of self-expression and a way to have fun on the app.