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When Do You Look Most Like Yourself? Sacha Goldberger's Fascinating Before/After Jogger Photos

Sacha Goldberger

Does one photo look more like the subject than the other?

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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 1
    "How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us."
    - Unknown
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 2 2 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 2
    "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."
    - Unknown
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 3 3 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 3
    "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances."
    -Oscar Wilde
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 4 4 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 4
    "I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances."
    - Confucius
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 5 5 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 5
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 6
    "The world more often rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself."
    - François de La Rochefoucauld
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 7 7 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 7
    "Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance."
    - Benjamin Franklin
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 8 8 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 8
    "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."
    - Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 9 9 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 9
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 10
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 11
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 12
    "Mirrors should think longer before they reflect."
    - Jean Cocteau
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 13 13 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 13
    "Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold."
    - Lord Chesterfield
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 14 14 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 14
    "For outward show is a wonderful perverter of the reason."
    - Marcus Aurelius
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 15 15 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 15
    ""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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 16
    "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
    Sacha Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 17's jogging series 17
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 18
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 19
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 20
    "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
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 21
    "Every silver lining has a cloud."
    - Mary Kay Ash
  • Sacha Goldberger’s Jogging Series 22 22 of 22
    Sacha Goldberger's Jogging Series 22
    "Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."
    - Niccolò Machiavelli

Source: My Modern Metropolis

All images used with permission from Sacha Goldberger

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