Looking sad and distraught is not a new fad — people have been sad on the internet for years — it’s just become increasingly apparent with the advent of popular micro-blogging sites like Tumblr. These are the places where lonely teenagers (and people in their 20s) turn to document their lives in online journals, then share it with the millions of users around the world. Whether people are desperately alone in the harsh climates of Siberia, sharing a fleeting moment of self doubt in the crowded, insaneness of Manhattan, or staring out their window into the endless suburbs of Chicago; looking sad has always had an artistic quality.
People have just forgotten how chic it looks to be sad and distraught in the bathtub. The one place in the house that was made for dimly lit candles, introspective thoughts, and glum. The bathtub self-portrait keeps you looking unstable, but with an air of “I’ll pull it together one day, I will.” Dark eye makeup, running mascara and pouty lips are chic. Hunched, inconsolable shoulders and a chin pulled into the chest is too. So set up your tripod, move your camera closer to the perilous danger of a full tub, and start snapping away.