Posted on May 24, 2010 - Filed Under Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation
What is beauty, where does it stem from, how do we obtain it?
It has been my job to capture beauty one way or another for nearly 20 years. Through my work as a photographer, filmmaker and father, it’s become evident to me that we consistently think of beauty as only skin deep. What should seem obvious – that beauty comes from within – is simply not being preached in the glossies or mainstream advertising.
The Beauty Equation is based on my experiences on my quest to find what truly makes each and every one of us beautiful.
As a photographer, I don’t recall whether my subject was too thin or too fat, had perfect skin or even dressed stylishly. Rather, I remember the experience, how I was moved, and what it meant to me. When I point my camera at you and focus on your eyes, I can see whether or not you are nervous, I can tell whether you smile frequently or if you’re a frowner, if you are happy or sad. To say we wear our hearts on our sleeve is an understatement. I believe we wear our heart and our soul on our face, and we give away our thoughts and position with body language. So by appealing to the reader to examine various attributes of inner beauty, I hope to reveal just how easy it is to not only feel beautiful, but to appear so too.
The Beauty Equation is a workbook (yes, I’m asking the reader to do a little self-examination homework!). In each chapter you’ll encounter a “Teach” element where cast aside conventional rules and use real life examples to break down concepts and ideals of beauty in today’s world. After each teach, I ask you to complete a series of easy to follow challenges that will provide you with the tools you need to embody the teach with the use of a camera, video camera or just a pencil. The idea being that YOU + allure + confidence + compassion + spontaneity + radiance + health + honesty + charm + energy ÷ humor = BEAUTY
I was inspired to write this book simply because I often heard that people felt ugly when they couldn’t stand up to the retouched perfection flouted on the pages of a magazine. I have been with my wife for 15 years and have two children. I don’t want their feelings on beauty to be subject to an unattainable reality. Rather, I hope that they learn that to be beautiful is to live life with a kind heart and warm spirit.
Each chapter in the Beauty Equation sets out to explain the various definitions of inner beauty in an anecdotal manner taken directly from my own experiences. Culminating at the end of each chapter with a series of challenges both written and photographic. I challenge the reader to feel their inner beauty and allow it to expose itself.
I hope that as an industry expert and judge on America’s Next Top Model that I can help women and girls around the world discover their beauty equation and spark a revolution through a global online community at www.beautyequation.com.
BeautyEquation.com is the ultimate tool in helping you get the most out of the book’s challenges. With it, build your portfolio, post your work and track your Beauty Equation progress. Keep your portfolio private, or share, compare and connect with other Beauty Equation users from around the world. I have specifically designed this site to help you discover your Beauty Equation and give you the support, resources and accessories you need to do so!