Justin Bartels: Impression  series, 2012

Photographer, Justin Bartels, examines the repercussions of poor self image and dressing to impress in his Impression series.The series focuses on the clothing that women think they should wear, or are told what to wear, to impress someone in a sexual manner. There is a physical mark that is left from these clothes, showing the discomfort women go through. When it comes to women, society is constantly trying sell them a “better You”, a more “beautiful You” that you can be happy with, as oppose to selling them self love and appreciation. Bartels incriminates not the women, but the practices of a society that fails to see that its actions leave a lasting impression.

Don’t live to impress!

Live to express! The people that judge you aren’t people you’d want to be friends with anyways. If you act like yourself and stop caring real friends will come into your life. Life is short. Don’t waste it caring what fake or mean people think of you. They don’t know what they’re doing and are too afraid to find out who they really are. Don’t be one of them. Express yourself freely and don’t judge anyone.