I switched to my work laptop because mine is brimming with 50GB of “other” files (a ploy by Apple to make me upgrade) and I can no longer save new work. In the switch I took advantage of changing my Zoom video settings. I opted for this kind of misty filter. Like a cross between forbidden forest-esque and sea fog. It looked cool. It oozed the vibe of laid-back Brazilian Portuguese tutor.
Three weeks later, I discovered this misty filter had just been the smudge of my thumbprint over the webcam. I’m unsure what it looked like to my students, but I’m hoping that the grimy marks were also assumed to be a mysterious atmosphere and not a careless finger mark.
Filters are there to protect us.
My life is riddled with filters. Cameras and videos are just the beginning. I’ve plastered filters over air vents at an attempt to mask Mr Smokey neighbour’s tobacco particles, there’s one etched into my humidifier because we live on the verge of a desert, and others seal our windows to repel pests.
Many believe that filters project a warped view of life. I believe that penalizing people for employing filters does little in the way of distinguishing reality from enhancement. You can’t go around scrubbing ladies’ faces of makeup after all.
Maybe you don’t feel like showing your unfiltered life. For instance, revealing a 3-day pajama stint or publishing first drafts (trust me no one should read them).
Filters are just a tool like makeup; there as a sort of protection.
Do filters lead to disappointment?
In July 2011, I heaved myself over the last leg of the staircases to Machu Pichu. The other side revealed a vast ancient citadel. I’d seen hundreds of filtered photos of Machu Pichu, and none held a glimmer of a candle to the emotions that greeted me when I faced that city.
An Incan city perched nearly 8000 ft, buried in tropical rainforest. Can you even imagine?
Filters may lead to disappointment if you model your life on recreating what you see elsewhere. But a filter is just enhancing a picture. Honestly no photo will ever outshine what you see with those two eyeballs on your head.
Post what you want to on social media or don’t post at all. Use makeup if you want and reveal as much of your life as you please. As the US eliminates mandatory masks, I think some females may continue to wear one, because creepy guys have finally stopped staring and telling women to smile.
Use a misty filter for your 8AM classes if you aren’t quite ready to show a student what you look like when you’ve rolled out of bed 10 minutes earlier.
Filters are there to protect you and use them as you please.