What do your pictures saying about you? We asked a pop psychologist to analyse three very different people’s Flickr albums…
This is a person who likes attention to detail. Such a person would be considered to be thorough in accomplishing a task with concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small. The quality of her photos would lead one to conclude that she is a lover of photography. She shares with the viewer her love for wildlife and historical buildings. The portrayal of her pictures leaves the viewer to reflect on them and make their own interpretations. However, Kitty is clearly showing us through the simplicity of her photos that there is more to what we see than meets the naked eye.
Kitty’s attention to detail could leave one to conclude that she may be a perfectionist. Perfection suggests a state of flawlessness, without any defects. Humans, however, were never intended to be perfect. That’s part of the definition of being human. Does Kitty leave room for errors in her life? What would an imperfect picture look like in Kitty’s album? More importantly what would be her internal dialogue if this were to happen? We forget that as humans we’re part of nature, as well. As such, we would benefit if we came into acceptance of the natural state of life. As I browsed further through her beautifully constructed pictures I began to wonder, where are the people in her life? She has clearly taken the decision not to share this with us. Does this mean she is private person, thus keeping her personal and professional aspects of her life on opposite ends of a continuum.
Indeed there are both negative and positive aspects of perfectionism. In its negative form, perfectionism could drive Kitty to attempt to achieve an inaccessible ideal, thus causing her psychological distress. However, there is a positive side to perfectionism where it can motivate Kitty to reach her goals, and derive pleasure from doing so. She has clearly shown to her viewers that she takes pride in her work and has given us the freedom to interpret her artistry, with very little manipulation.