BEYOND BODIES: Visions of Form
My desire with “Beyond Bodies: Visions of Form” was to create a nude photographic project that explored beauty for beauty's sake. I am interested in the body as a form, the shapes created in the way we move, and the lines our bodies create as a whole.
Diffused lighting and anonymity of models gives the photographs an ethereal feeling, the models are no longer people we may know, but intangible beings. I am heavily influenced by film aesthetic; the softness of colors and the quality of light captured. I want every photograph to look like its own world, so I was thoughtful to make the scenes as monochromatic as possible, creating a habitat. I want every model to look like they perfectly belonged in the scene, so I was mindful about pairings - pairing a models tones with those of the environment.
The nude form inherently challenges society, as a society we are taught - especially women - that modesty is equal to value. The project empowered people with different identities to embrace their body and try something outside of their comfort zone. I want others to be confronted, and comforted, by the nude form. It forces us to address our opinions about the naked body, about our own bodies. The nude form is vulnerable, a barrier is broken, and a sense of trust and freedom
remain. I want the audience to connect with this vulnerability, to imagine themselves in their purest form, and allow themselves to be as empowered and brave as the individuals in my photos.