graciehagen:

Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.

Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.

Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing.

Photographer: Gracie Hagen

Although I can’t say I am completely on-board with the execution; Hagen’s project seems especially relevant in light of the last two posts.

As with most great conceptual work, the shoulders back, breath held with muscles flexed posturing vs. the body at rest is so simple it comes across as cliche. (What is a cliche but a pat way of expressing a difficult sentiment, after all; part of why the Modern Art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t equation such an on point observation.)

What irks me is the extent to which the ‘body at rest’ poses appear affectedly exagerated. (Perhaps I missed the memo and that’s the point? However, I don’t see how that accomplishes the stated aim.)

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