I'm a portrait photographer exploring the difference between selfies, filters and reality

 Barbara Asboth unfiltered photography project
(Image credit: Barbara Asboth)

Portrait photographer Barbara Asboth says she regularly hears self-deprecating comments from millennial and Gen Z women. “This concerns me on a societal level,” she says. “Especially since the advent of Zoom, people are staring at their own faces for hours each day, picking their flaws apart.”

Toward the end of 2022, Barbara launched her #Unfiltered project, which explores the effects of social media and filters on young women’s self-image, and celebrates women’s natural appearance. “I asked each woman to take a phone selfie, to compare their own chosen and controlled angles with an unretouched portrait taken by me. The lens I used closely mimics the angles and detail seen by the human eye, which was an important aspect of the setup.”

Barbara Asboth headshot and unfiltered project
Barbara Asboth

Barbara has been a freelance photographer since 2013, including a variety of genres in her work. From e-commerce marketing campaigns to street portraits, her images have been exhibited and published globally. She currently lives in Oxfordshire and works with clients across the UK.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.