Lauren Goodge and her Troll
One is almost most critical of someone who resembles ones self. At the long history of wars and disputes between neighbours and bordering countries is well known in all cultures. If someone you relate to does something that you would not accept in yourself then you tend to be more critical to those actions than if it was your polar opposite who did them. It’s in human nature. Maybe that’s why I found this shoot especially interesting. It was supposed to be the first shoot in a series of Trolls. Trolls for those of you who don’t know, is the name of someone who harasses a celebrity or a public figure via social media. They often abuse the celebrity by posting messages on their social media sites. Lauren, seen here has Trolled Lauren Goodger on several of occasions. In the end they agreed to meet to be interviewed. I suppose Trolling is a little like car rage, you dare to say or do things you would never think of doing face to face. So, not only did Lauren and Lauren have the same names, but there was a similarity between the two of them. They had similar body builds, complexion, hair colour, clothing and make-up. Even the poses they took were similar, even though they had individual portraits taken without the other person present to mimic the other person. Only the height was noticeable different, but this could not be helped without major surgical procedure. It was surprising to see the similarities between the two of them and then try to understand why Lauren had so many problems with Lauren Goodger’s behaviour. Lauren was embarrassed by some of the things she had written online when it was read back to her. Some of her reasoning for criticising was that she would ‘NEVER do that’. Almost as she found herself in a mothering position to Goodger with the right to tell her what was right and what was wrong. The slight cringe in her face as she read her own messages off her phone and Lauren Goodger was sitting next to her said a lot about how the safety of being anonymous allowed her to use language that she would not do face to face. Lauren Goodger’s response was reflected, calm and surprisingly understanding.