Do you look most like yourself while exercising or after you’ve showered and cleaned up? Or is it all the same?
A few summers ago, famed French photographer Sacha Goldberger set up a makeshift studio near Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park and asked joggers to pose for him directly after sprinting in order to showcase all of their sweaty, breathless, sticky glory. Then he asked them to return exactly a week later — but this time, all cleaned up — to pose exactly the same way again, and using the exact same lighting.
“I wanted to show the difference between our natural and brute side versus how we represent ourselves to society,” Goldberger told My Modern Metropolis. “The difference was very surprising.”
Do you ever notice that you look or feel more like you when you’re doing some things rather than others? Take a look at these fascinating photos and decide if there are times when you, too, are most you:
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 1 1 of 22"How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us."
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 2 2 of 22"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 3 3 of 22"It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances."
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 4 4 of 22"I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances."
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 5 5 of 22"Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?"
- Dame Edith Sitwell
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 6 6 of 22"The world more often rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself."
- FranÃ§ois de La Rochefoucauld
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 7 7 of 22"Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance."
- Benjamin Franklin
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 8 8 of 22"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearance, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are."
- NiccolÃ² Machiavelli
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 9 9 of 22"Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee."
- Marcus Aurelius
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 10 10 of 22"Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to have no other."
- Ivy Compton-Burnett
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 11 11 of 22"It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 12 12 of 22"Mirrors should think longer before they reflect."
- Jean Cocteau
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 13 13 of 22"Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold."
- Lord Chesterfield
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 14 14 of 22"For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason."
- Marcus Aurelius
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 15 15 of 22""Where's the use of looking nice, when no one sees me but those cross midgets, and no one cares whether I'm pretty or not?"
- Louisa May Alcott
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 16 16 of 22"Why do people respect the package rather than the man?"
- Michel de Montaigne
Sacha Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 17′s jogging series 17 17 of 22"Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other."
- Marcus V. Pollio
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 18 18 of 22"A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things."
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 19 19 of 22"It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves."
- Thornton Wilder
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 20 20 of 22"Beware so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance."
- Jean de la Fontaine
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 21 21 of 22"Every silver lining has a cloud."
- Mary Kay Ash
Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 22 22 of 22"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."
- NiccolÃ² Machiavelli
Source: My Modern Metropolis
All images used with permission from Sacha Goldberger
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