Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nude Art

Warning: Full nudity and lots of fat

This is the final set from my shoot with Dan Smith from Duke University in Durham, NC. If you missed my previous two posts, I decided to participate in this project as a way to, firstly, spread the concept of fat acceptance and body acceptance and, secondly, to further myself in my own fat acceptance journey. Some days are harder than others and, let me tell you, seeing yourself, completely and unforgivably  naked on camera.. that can be a bad day.. for me anyway. Seeing the photos when Dan first sent them to me was difficult.. I kept shutting the window and re opening it. I just couldn't look at myself. I felt immense shame and embarrassment. I had to leave for a few hours and come back to them to finally be okay with them and enjoy them. I hope you enjoy them as well.

I did want to mention a bit that when Dan was doing the bodyscaping (third photo down) he told me that the photo would get my stretch marks and asked if that was okay. What I find interesting is that there are indeed a lot of women- even some who are into fat acceptance- who are not okay with typical side effects of fat- such as cellulite (which even thin people get by the way) and stretch marks. I find it most interesting from women who only have stretch marks due to childbirth. To me it seems like that would be a badge of honor! But even if it's simply from growing too fast (whichever way), I don't think they're something to be ashamed of. All of the ideas that go into fat acceptance apply to those things too.

Anyway- and now onto the photos:













10 comments:

  1. Hey Heather, I just found this through your facebook link. I think these pictures are beautiful.

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  2. Thank you for posting these Beautiful photos. I found your sight while searching for different kinds of pose for big women. I am also a fat girl... and I am participating in a photo shoot next week, and needing some ideas. I'm hoping these photos will help promote positive body acceptance as well as produce amazing photos for my own pleasure. Thanks again for being so brave, and maybe I can share some of my photos with you in the future. Kayde

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  3. thank you Kayde! and of course :-) feel free to share!

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  4. Your an amazing woman. I first met you on Flickr and saw your beautiful photos there. I ran across this site by accident while looking for photo ideas for my models.

    You mention stretch marks and cellulite. I am often told by prospective models that they have those supposedly bad things as if I need to be for-warned. Maybe I'm just different or unusual as a photographer but frankly I don't care. As you stated I consider those a badge of or a road map of their lives and a big part of who they are and what makes them beautiful in my eyes.

    I probably feel that way because my own wife has all of those battle scars and marks and is my favorite model.

    So kudos to you. Your beautiful and don't let anyone tell you different. You are to be commended for your crusade.

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  5. Go for it gal, I admire you immensely

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  6. you work it, total respect for your confidence. Love your hair.

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  7. Go Gal GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo way to go keep walking like the Johnny Walker Ad says!

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  8. Hi! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would hop on by my blog and follow me back. I think that our blogs have a lot in common. :-)

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    Thanks,
    Sarah

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