Whether we like it or not, society sets standards of beauty through mass media and social media outlets. We can follow the latest trends and scroll through pictures of these so-called "fitness models" on Instagram or Facebook, and it can make us feel less than perfect.
This photographer challenges what we view as perfection through her facial birthmark photo series. The photo in #6 will make you see beauty in a totally different light!
Whether it be through our social media feeds or favorite television shows, we cannot escape the fact that society's view of beauty can be somewhat narrow and limited.
After hearing one of her subjects named Millie talk about how her facial birthmark negatively affected her life, Hansen knew she had to show people that there is more than what meets the eye.
Hansen aims to make a statement and cause some sense of confrontation with the photos.
You may realize that you can't help but stare at the subject's birthmark, but is there anything else you can see? Can you notice other things about the photo?
Once you get past the subject's birthmark you may be able to notice the folds of their shirt, the color of their hair, and the smaller details that define them become more clear.
Her subjects are used to being stared at and being asked ridiculous questions about their facial birthmarks. Hansen hopes that we take a moment to realize the impact we can have on a person's day or even outlook on life.
She compiled the photographs into a book, which also covers the history of birthmarks and commentary from doctors.
Hansen's Naevus Flammeus is an ode to all of those who feel that they don't meet society's mold of beauty. It's time to realize that the images we are fed from the media and the Internet are not the only examples of being attractive or desirable.
Hansen's photographs are a testament to what makes all of us unique. Embrace your flaws and learn to love your quirks. There is only one of you in the world, and that makes you pretty special!
Photographer Linda Hansen wants to change how we view imperfections. She knows that people with facial birthmarks receive all types of insulting questions, and people have a hard time looking past their differences.