Why are we afraid of imperfection? A TEDx speaker explores
TEDxDubai speaker Matt Hoyle is a photographer obsessed with flaws — the quirks, blights, and imperfections that inspire the masses to untag Facebook photos, Photoshop magazine covers, and always pose at the best angle.
In his talk, “Perfect imperfection,” he describes his fascination with presenting the subjects of his portraits as they really are — flawed, interesting, imperfect — rather than trying to obtain the perfect ideal of beauty that we search for when choosing our Facebook profile pictures.
His philosophy is best summed up in few words a subject of one of his photographs once told him:
I think people don’t accept imperfection that well. They gawk at it; they stare at it — because it’s curious to them.
It’s a shame because there’s so much beauty out there besides beauty.
Above, a selection of portraits from Matt’s jaw-droppingly beautiful series Winter Swimmers.