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When I look in the mirror I see an attractive normal face, when I look at a photo of me, I see a weird, hound-like creature

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FoxandHound Fri 11-Sep-09 20:34:02

The two images, the one in my head, and the one documented photographically are so wildly at odds with eachother.

Have name-changed because I'm embarrassed about possibly appearing self-absorbed. I'm not. I only ever feel this after I've seen photos of myself. The rest of the time I feel relatively good about myself. I mean, I know I'm not gorgeous, but I don't dislike my looks.

Anyone else suffer from this mysterious syndrome?

bran Fri 11-Sep-09 20:36:25

I get that. In photos I have a huge, doughy moon-face but in the mirror I have at least a glimmer of cheekbones. I suspect the lighting in my bathroom and hall is very kind and I should make sure to only be photographed in half-light, eg at dusk. grin

Hassled Fri 11-Sep-09 20:37:28

Yes, I do. My brother and DH are both on Missions From God to take a good photo of me - it's just not possible, but they won't give up. I just look weirdy and odd and gammy in photos.

The less bad ones that exist are the ones I took of myself in the bathroom mirror - I'm sure a lot of the weirdness is self-consciousness frozen onto my face.

southeastastra Fri 11-Sep-09 20:38:01

yes i'm just glad camera phones weren't around when i was 15

Curiousmama Fri 11-Sep-09 20:39:22

I know I'm the same not just you.

ronshar Fri 11-Sep-09 20:39:42

OMG are you me??
It is a running family joke that I look either
a, gormless.
b, fat.
c, like I have 10 chins.
d, like a feature from Horse and Hound magazine.
I have no solutions.

random Fri 11-Sep-09 20:41:20

Camera phones always make my nose look enormous dimly lit bathroom mirror is very kind

claireybee Fri 11-Sep-09 20:41:26

Yep, I look awful in photos

travellingwilbury Fri 11-Sep-09 20:41:32

Me too grin

And I have even asked very good friends who also agree with me (that is what makes them very good friends I suppose )

I always look like a blobby idiot in pics but obviously in rl I am lovely looking , and very modest .

morningpaper Fri 11-Sep-09 20:41:47

me too

I am sure I am very nice in the mirror

In photos, I look like an alien is using my body as a host vessel

giddykipper Fri 11-Sep-09 20:42:15

I worked this one out.

When you look in the mirror you see a mirror image of yourself (clearly!)

A photo isn't a mirror image (again, clearly!)

Unless you have an exactly symetrical face, then the two images are going to be different.

Thingiebob Fri 11-Sep-09 20:42:16

Yes same here.

According to a good source - If you have any roundness in your cheeks, it will be amplified through a camera lens. Bony faces tend to photograph better.

Photos are a split second frame of your face, they are not really a good representation of your real appearance.

HelenaBonhamCarter Fri 11-Sep-09 20:43:56


has anyone ever pointed out that a mirror shows you backwards? This is bad news I know, because I too look O.K. in a mirror and SHITEOLA in photos sad

some people look nicer backwards, that's all sad

MaggieVirgoOn Fri 11-Sep-09 20:43:57

there are a lot of these hound-like creatures. My mother says she looks like colonel klegg in photos (?)

Camera phones make me look bloated and puffy. My eyes also look very poppy in a photo and normal in the mirror.

NervousNutty Fri 11-Sep-09 20:44:14

LOl same here. I have figured out though that I look better in pics if I slightly raise my eyebrows grin

If I don't i constantly look like I am frowning.

HelenaBonhamCarter Fri 11-Sep-09 20:44:25

Giddy has it

MaggieVirgoOn Fri 11-Sep-09 20:46:23

My xmil used to tell me I was photogenic, which I certainly was not. THe camera HATES me. She would find the ugliest, puffiest, chinniest, poppy-eyed photo of me and say "oh this is a really good one of you, really FLATTERS you."

southeastastra Fri 11-Sep-09 20:46:48

you see the opposite image of yourself in real life all the time

Hassled Fri 11-Sep-09 20:48:01

But this can't be true because it means what I look like in photos is what other people actually see all the time.

But everyone agrees I look weirdy and odd in photos and not like I actually look (or are they all just humouring me shock? I still reckon that what's photographed is actually fear itself.

morningpaper Fri 11-Sep-09 20:48:42

oh graet so the mirror theory means that we are basically MOOSES in real life then, and only TASTY in mirror-land

fecking brilliant hmm

weebleswobble Fri 11-Sep-09 20:49:08

Something's wrong with the mirror in the lift at work. When I leave the house think I look pretty good, then by the time I get to work and get in the lift my face has put on 2 stone, and actually the bathroom mirror at work is faulty too as are all cameras that have taken photos of me after age 18. Perhaps we should all just sit in front of the mirrors we think we look good in and save all this angst grin

cocolepew Fri 11-Sep-09 20:49:30

I'm the opposite, I appear to be very photogenic but an old hag in RL. I might blow up a photo and wear it as a mask.

HelenaBonhamCarter Fri 11-Sep-09 20:49:39

I have about 2 nice pic of myslef, taken in a mirror with the flash turned off.

Oh well.

MaggieVirgoOn Fri 11-Sep-09 20:50:09

Maybe, if we got used to our backwards faces, there are special types of mirrors I think, then we wouldn't all get such horrible shocks when we see photos.

I have to admit, sometimes when friends cringe over photos of themselves, I mutter, yes it's not the best shot of you, doesn't do you justice, but I'm quietly thinking, um, that looks exactly like you.

HelenaBonhamCarter Fri 11-Sep-09 20:50:25


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