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Instagram is increasingly being told to take responsibility for the harmful effects of it's site on the mental health of young people.

Between celebrities endorsing weight-loss products which have no scientific backing, the NHS encouraging body-negative adverts to be banned, and the new sensitivity screens being put in place to prevent graphic violence and self-harm being depicted; Insta is a dangerous place.

Yet, we cannot deny that selfie culture and self-branding through social media has become just a normal part of our everyday life. Me, myself and Instagram has taken over, and young people growing up today assume it's perfectly normal to try to look perfect.


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It's so prevalent in society to share the highlights of ourselves and desperately emulate others who we assume have 'better' lives, which writers such as Matt Haig have emotionally discouraged.

FaceTuning images to blur seeming 'imperfections' such as stretchmarks, wrinkles, spots, freckles, teeth, smiles, body hair, even elbow wrinkles or unwanted curves is the new normal, according to our society.

Having flaws is deemed unhealthy, and the notion of 'narcissism' or vanity is no more.

Now Rankin is trying to counteract the idea of editing ourselves in a new photo series, and it's beautiful.

The amazing photographer is attempting counteract self-editing, by showing people just how damaging the effects of social media can be.  His photo series, aptly named Selfie Harm, was launched last week on Instagram.

The renowned artist captured portrait shots of 15 teens and handed power to them and their filter apps, asking them to edit the retouched image until they felt it was 'social media ready'.


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He commented;

“Social media has made everyone into their own brand. People are creating a two-dimensional version of themselves at the perfect angle, with the most flattering light, and with any apparent flaws removed.”

“This is a new, enhanced reality, a world in which teenagers can alter themselves digitally within seconds. Mix this with the celebrities and influencers flaunting impossible shapes with impossible faces and we’ve got a recipe for disaster," he attested.

The photographer shows images of youth and natural beauty which massively contrast with the newly filtered, edited versions. It's shockingly easy for the young models to blur the lines of reality, but what is 'perfect' in a world such as this?


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He wrote on Instagram;

“People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for the social media likes. “It’s just another reason why we are living in a world of FOMO, sadness, increased anxiety and Snapchat dysmorphia."

"It’s time to acknowledge the damaging effects that social media has on people’s self-image," he concluded.

The visible differences and changes made allow the teenagers and subjects to transform their entire identity, so much so that their natural state is completely erased. There are smaller noses, smooth complexions, wider eyes and lips, everything you can imagine.

Interestingly, the photographer notes that most of the models preferred their original image, but it's still disturbing to witness the power of filters. These edits can convince people that they're regular image isn't good enough to be seen.

It's becoming harder to discern what's real and what's fake; soon the idea of reality on social media could vanish altogether.

Feature image: Rankin Instagram/Fashionista


Can't talk right now… too buy crying while I stroll through Richard Phibbs' Instagram account.

This famous fashion photographer's latest project is snapping amazing pictures of abandoned dogs, in the hope that it will help them find "forever homes".

The results are… literally the sweetest thing on EARTH! 

Richard's photographs are far more than simple portraits of cute animals… they are heartwarming stories for animal lovers across the globe. 


This sweet special dog is homeless. Of the hundreds of dogs I have photographed there are a few that have deeply touched my heart. This is one of them. Christopher is a 12-year-old toy poodle whose history we are not quite sure of but what we do know is that he has been severely neglected. The good news is that he is now in the loving arms of the angels of the HSNY. He is blind and deaf and had to have one eye removed due to an untreated infection. He is just now beginning to put on weight. What is so inspiring and moving about Christopher is the love and light that this beautiful being radiates. To be in his presence feels like a special honor. The inspiring president of the HSNY, Virginia Chipurnoi, when speaking about Christopher says "…that sweet boy…so from another world." To meet Christopher contact @humanesocietyny #adoptdontshop #bekindtoanimals #RescueMeTheBook "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched–they must be felt with the heart."–Helen Keller

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Richard volunteered his services to the Humane Society of New York,  where hundreds of homeless animals are housed.

 This amazing photographer has also released a book of his work with these abandoned dogs, which includes the back stories of these poor pups. 

If your not weeping looking at this… SHAME ON YOU.



If you've ever acted as bridesmaid for a friend, you'll likely have bent over backwards to ensure her day ran as smoothly as humanely possible.

And if you've tied the knot, you'll have likely relied on your bridesmaids for everything from blister plasters to pep talks.

It's an unwritten rule that when it comes to weddings, the bride comes first, and the bridesmaids pick up the slack, right?

Well, not if a recent post on Reddit is anything go by.

Reaching out to 'married Redditors', a user asked them to cast their mind back and reflect on the 'most obnoxious request made by one of their guests', and one woman's response took the absolute biscuit.

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"One of the bridesmaids brought her fiancé to the wedding, and wanted our photographer to do an impromptu engagement photo shoot. Photographer laughed in her face," the woman told fellow followers.

Unsurprisingly, Reddit users fell on this response with shock, with one person replying: "It'll never cease to amaze me just how trashy and cheap people can be."

"As a photographer…that's awesome. It is a dick move to ask that, especially at someone's wedding, geez," added another.

"I hate that sh*t so much. If you want to come up and ask to book a photoshoot a different day that's fine here's a business card, but don't expect free work," added another.

Seriously, though…

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When Natalie Morales arrived at the premiere of Battle of the Sexes, she considered the moment 'one of the happiest of her life'.

The joy was short-lived, however, when the 32-year-old actress learned that a photographer, who had purposely taken shots up her dress in an effort to expose her genitalia, sold the photographs.

Taking to Twitter to share her thoughts on the matter, the actress struggled desperately to understand the motivation of the photographer, writing: "These are photogs who go to red carpets to take photos of women.. to what, embarrass them? Because they have bodies under clothes?"

Encouraging paparazzi to consider the implications of their sordid endeavours, Natalie continued: "So you're gonna come to an event that I've waited my whole life for, that I'm super proud of, to try and exploit my body? For your gain?"

The actress, who has appeared in Santa Clarita Diet, Girls and Parks and Recreation, acknowledges that public occasions like movie premieres leave her vulnerable to certain behaviour, but insists that she shouldn't be concerned that her body will be violated.

"This specifically, is a red carpet, so I'm there for you. There's a silent contract," she wrote." I'm there to promote my movie, you're there to take pics you can sell. Pics I'm POSING for, that I've agreed to. Pictures of my face and body, covered in whatever way I see fit. I didn't pose for you to angle your camera up my skirt."

In a final jab at those responsible, Natalie added: "JOKES ON YOU, I was wearing skin coloured underwear so you can't actually see my bits. But if you could? I wouldn't be embarrassed. But YOU should be. What a disgusting, horrifying job you have."

The response to Natalie's post yesterday was overwhelmingly positive, with many social media users criticising the conduct of the paparazzi at events of this kind.

Indeed, Natalie's former Girls co-star, Lena Dunham, even weighed in, writing: "Ugh I'm so sorry. You're a gorgeous queen. I'm happy to trade in pics of my vagina at a time I actually didn't wear underwear."

Following the interest in her series of posts, Natalie decided to issue a more detailed statement, writing: "Before this gets watered down or the word "vagina" gets censored out, here's my statement on this "wardrobe malfunction" b.s."

"Some places have been asking me for a statement about the tweets I posted yesterday regarding the photos of my 'wardrobe malfunction'. I guess I could say 'no comment'. but I have of comments so here goes," she began.

"When I was sent the photos, my first instinct was to ignore them and move on", she wrote. "But then I realised this must happen to women all the time, and this time, I am not going to let it slide."

"This photographer, not unlike the ones that wait outside of the cars female celebrities are getting out of just to purposely take  pictures up their skirts, angled their camera to see up the slit of my dress. Even if they wanted to claim this was an accidental shot, they could have done what they would have done had they taken an accidental shot od their daughter's, mother's or sister's vagina; deleted it."

After insisting that she refuses to feel embarrassed by her body or indirectly ashamed as a result of the photographers actions, Natalie wrote: "You cannot tear me down."

"It's a vagina. We all came out of one. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But if doesn't belong to you. It belongs to me. And you can't have it unless I say you can."

Well said.




Allegations have been brought against hip-hop star Chris Brown after an incident last night.

Police in Tampa, Florida are investigating claims made by a club photographer that Chris Brown punched him in the face for taking photos of him, according to People. 

The rapper has not been arrested in connection with the incident, though police have suggested that the the alleged victim wishes to press charges.


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Chris Brown reportedly “sucker punched” him during an appearance at 1am according to police, causing him to sustain a cut lip. 

“At this point in the investigation, we have not been able to contact Mr. Brown,” a police spokesperson told People.

“The investigation continues.”

The case is categorised as battery, according to a police statement. acquired by People

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Being a successful TV presenter obviously has its perks – you get to meet incredible people, travel to exclusive locations and wear the nicest gear.  But as Laura Whitmore just pointed out, fame also has some major disadvantages.

It’s only been a day since the Bray native announced that she will be taking part in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing and already the paparazzi are creeping on her gaff.

And while many people would board up their windows in a bid to protect their privacy, Laura has decided to call out the “creepy photographer” in question for his actions.



In her latest tweet the 31-year-old star shared a picture of the photographer who is trying to snap a photo of her from a Mini parked outside her house.

In the accompanying message the London-based presenter said: “Creepy photographer outside my house…I see you.  Thanks for making me feel intimidated in my own home.”

Laura’s followers have been quick to support her statement as one tweeted “Disgusting!  Your home is where you are supposed to feel safe,” while another adopted a more light-hearted approach by writing: “@thewhitmore do a few dance steps for him.”







Sometimes, it's hard to believe that some kids just get great jobs because of their famous parents.

And, most of the time, they're really bad at it. Like, really bad.

But, Brooklyn Beckham may have proved us wrong with this one. The 16-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham is after shooting his first campaign for Burberry's This Is Brit fragrance.

He wasn't the model though, oh no, he was the photographer.

Now, most of the time a big brand like Burberry would hire in some world-renowned photographer to do the job, but Brooklyn landed it, and to be honest he did a very good job.

Now, we can all go back to our Sunday and remember that a 16-year-old is making waaay more money than us. *Sob*.



It's something we'd more readily associate with Hollywood movies: two predators of the forest put their differences aside to strike up an unlikely – and lasting – friendship.

But it seems that, just occasionally, real-life can also imitate the big-screen.

Lassi Rautiainen is a 56-year-old Finnish photographer who regularly works in the wilds of the northern regions of his native country.

And it was there that he spotted a rather unusual sight: a male black bear and a female grey wolf who spent several hours together daily – even on occassion sharing food.

"It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this," Lassi confirmed afterwards.

He spotted the animals together every night for ten nights, observing that they would usually socialise together during the hours 8pm and 4am. 

"No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends," Lassi furthermore reported while in conversation with Mail Online.

"I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone. It seems to me that they feel safe being together, and so every evening met up for their dinner."

Mr Rautiainen added: "It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see."

He also explained: "When I realised that no one had observed bears and wolves living near each other and becoming friends in Europe, I concentrated more and more on getting pictures to show what can happen in nature."

A former teacher, Lassi has worked as a photographer since 1978 and has had a number of books published featuring his work.

He says that after beginning with bears, he graduated to snapping wolverines and eventually wolves.

Lassi has also liaised closely with the Finnish government, advising it on the use of bait for photography, and on a ban on bear hunting. 




Remember that viral video showing strangers kissing for the first time? Well, while we liked the idea, the cringe factor was sky high as we watched people who probably didn’t even fancy each-other locked lips for the first time.

That’s why we much prefer Ben Lamberty’s idea – he captured real-life couples kissing in a series of images. The result is much less cringe, and much more intimate.

Lamberty included a few photos of friends kissing ‘just for fun’ and strangely, found that they were the ones who felt less awkward: “It was interesting to see how the different couples reacted. It seemed to be more challenging for the real couples because it was rather more intimate for them than for the friends who kissed just for fun.”

Would you volunteer for a project like this with your other half?!







The amateur photographer who snapped and then sold the bare bum picture of Kate Middleton during her down under tour said she will donate proceeds from the snap to charity.

Blue Mountains travel agent Diane Morel said that she “almost deleted” the snap saying: “It wasn’t until I got home, and I popped my camera card into the computer, that I realised what I had captured.”

The photo was published by a German tabloid earlier this week, creating a storm of controversy and, we can imagine, lots of embarrassment for Kate and her family.

The photographer said she will donate the money from the sale of the photo to the Blue Mountains Mayoral Bushfire Relief Fund.

Kate and Wills were visiting the area on the day the photo was taken to speak with victims of the tragic 2013 bushfires, so it seems sort of fitting…we suppose.



Every single gal is all too familiar with the nagging and prying from well-meaning family members.

‘When are you going to settle down with a nice man?’ is the question that’s dreaded by every girl sans beau at family weddings and trips home.

Well, one woman grew so tired of being pestered about settling down that she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Suzanne Heintz has been photographing her imaginary life with a mannequin husband and child – from proposal, to wedding, to family holidays – for 14 years now.

The 42-year-old American photographer  presents her work in a funny and thought-provoking series of snaps called ‘The Playing House Project: Life Once Removed’.

Suzanne was tired of the pressure to conform to expectations for a ‘woman her age to have a ring on her finger’.

“People said: “You’re such a nice girl, why aren’t you married?” explains Suzanne.

“Even my Mother must have thought she was setting me straight when she said: “Suzy, there’s nobody perfect out there. You just need to PICK somebody, if you’re going to settle down.

“I snapped back, ‘Mom! It’s not like I can go out and BUY a family! I can’t just MAKE it happen!” But then, I found a way. I bought a beautiful family… of mannequins,” said the photographer.

Suzanne was raised in the Mormon Church in New York, which she said was her first experience of the role of women as mum and homemaker.

“Seeing me work with the mannequins is such a peculiar and funny thing to witness, that people are immediately disarmed. As soon as that happens, their mind is open and impressionable.

“I thought it was high time to call this nonsense out publicly, because this notion of insufficiency is not just about me, nor exclusively about women in regards to marriage. It’s about anyone whose life doesn’t look the way it ‘should’” she said.




If you think you could be the next big thing in fashion photography and want the chance to take part of a fashion campaign with industry experts, then keep reading.

For their SS14 collection, Warehouse is looking for female photographers to take part of their ‘Fashion Shooters’ campaign.

The lucky winners will get the chance to work side by side with legendary supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen during a live shoot.

But wait, it gets better!

One of the images will be chosen as the final shot for the Warehouse campaign.

On the day of the shoot (22nd March), Warehouse will also be hosting a Fashion Shooters festival in east London, where fashion enthusiasts can enjoy Elle magazine styling zone , photo-read-hair beauty by Toni&Guy and much more.

If this has your name written all over it, then brush up on your photo skills and apply for your free ticket on www.warehouse.co.uk/fashionshooters.