We’ve all seen photos of ourselves with our eyes closed and we’ve been told it’s a sign of being a great photographer.
But new research shows the image we make with our own eyes is not a great portrait, and may be damaging to our eyes.
And it could be the cause of a whole lot of headaches.
The new research by Dr Daniel Schatz from the University of Exeter and his colleagues found that when people were shown a photograph of themselves with their eyes closed, they felt more emotional, happier and less anxious, than when they saw it with their own eyes.
Dr Schatz said while we have a limited amount of time to capture the images, we have the power to make the image better.
“If we are not careful, the image of the person will end up being very unpleasant to the eye,” he said.
Dr Schatz, who has conducted similar studies at Newcastle University, said we need to think more about the benefits of being open-minded about how our images should be made.
He said that while we may see our pictures in the past with our gaze closed, we should think about how we can get the image closer to the viewer.
For example, if you’re standing close to a mirror and looking at yourself, then you might be tempted to make your own portrait by making a photo with your eyes closed.
However, Dr Schats said we shouldn’t overdo it.
Instead, make a simple portrait of yourself and show it to people you trust, or a friend, who you can talk to.
In the past, Dr. Schatz has found that people have had worse luck when they’ve had to face negative images of themselves.
“[They’ve] been able to get away with doing things like taking selfies and posting them on social media without really thinking through what the repercussions would be if they were to see these photos, he said .”
We should be thinking about these negative images more than they are.
“Dr. Schats research has found the more the image is perceived as negative, the more anxious the person is.
His research has also found that while people do see negative images in the future, they’re much less likely to see the image as negative in the present.
When asked if they felt happy or sad about seeing the image, most people did not.
They did however, rate the image positively in terms of happiness, as well as positive feelings about the person in the picture.
This means that positive feelings are being generated even though the image has been seen as negative.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the Samaritans.