*Cut me up with leaves*
Canon EOS300 + Ilford Delta100
(This week I will share some of the images that came out of an unusual session where I was the model. I’ll talk about why I did it and what I learned from it. These will not be the best Photosynthesis images you have seen, but they form an important part of the project’s history.)
I have shot enough models now to have understand something fundamental which had previously eluded me: our perception of our own body is only marginally related to how closely said body fits the canons of the day. People that would be considered good looking by a jury of their peers can have body issues. Others who wouldn’t necessarily be considered beautiful can be absolutely comfortable with their bodies.
One of the interesting things about the Photosynthesis images, I have found, is that the textured double exposures create a distance that sometimes allows the viewer to not see themselves in the images, but see the beauty of the image as if the subject was someone else. They know it’s them, yet they look at themselves differently.
I have body issues. I’m (very) fat, have been nearly all my life although it’s gotten worse as I got older. I’m not too ashamed of it (I still go to the beach in my trunks), but I’d laugh at the idea that you could shoot beautiful photos of naked me. And yet I realized this summer that that’s kind of what I was telling my models: no matter how you see yourself, you will like at least some images that come out of a Photosynthesis session. It was time to flip the tables and be on the receiving end of that.