Have you ever noticed that people's profile pictures don't really look like them? Or at least, not quite the 'them' that we see? That slightly socially awkward person suddenly is looking all cool and brazen, with a smokey and pensive gleam in their eye? (WARNING: Do NOT glance to the right of this post, you will see nothing of this sort) These are usually pictures that people have taken of themselves. If I had time, I'd write a very comprehensive thesis on this fascinating subject, but for now, a short dopey blog post will suffice.
Let me let you in on a little secret. The expressions and angles that you see in people's self-taken profile pictures, are the poses that these people strike in the mirror behind a locked bathroom door. They know the exact angle where they look the best. I know you are feeling uncomfortable, and want to distance yourself from this Hard-Hitting Truth, but deep down you know it's true. It's true for me also.
When I see pictures of myself, I often recoil, and think, oh man do I really look like that? With that big hanging over Gonzo nose? That vulture posture? Photos that other people take of you are a great way of bringing you down a peg or two. And yet, when other people see those horrid pictures of you, they don't bat an eyelid, because that's the you they see all the time.
No, it's the pictures that you take of yourself that people stop and bat the lids at. They are silently thinking, who the heck is that? Since when did you start pouting? Maybe this is all a waste of breath about something unimportant (er... unlike the rest of this blog..) I just think it's an interesting little thing, the way our profile pictures disclose the way we would like to be seen, and the way that often comes as a surprise to the onlooker.
PS. If my profile picture mysteriously changes in the near future to something less smokey and pensive, it is totally a coincidence, with nothing at all to do with this post.