A while ago I got this budding thought in my mind. A thought about women and the way that we are expected to look, act, feel, be, etc. We are always vulnerable to our surroundings, whatever they may be. We are constantly confronted with the pressures of every day life, trying to be good enough, look good enough, and accomplish the demands of life. Sometimes they knock us down over and over again and we aren't always exactly sure how to react. We are criticized daily about our roles as human beings, employees, mothers, wives, people. It's an everlasting internal and external struggle that's been present in my mind -- I can't shake the thought that there are so many women unhappy with themselves, their bodies. It's a saddening thought and I often fall susceptible to the unhealthy thoughts and actions myself.
I wanted to celebrate being women, stripped down to the core, make up less, not worried about the clothing that might "define" or place us in a certain lifestyle, but vulnerable to our imperfections and embracing them with love and understanding. We are all imperfect, but it doesn't mean that we are any less worthy of loving ourselves.
I know that there are a number of people that won't appreciate a series like this and that's ok. I did this more for myself than anyone else. I find the simplicities and intricacies of the human body to be fascinating and beautiful. Not everyone will understand that, but art is subjective and I chose to approach my thoughts this way. It's a way of understanding myself and bringing my thoughts to fruition. It helps that my internship last summer put me in a position to be comfortable and appreciative of the naked human body.
This lovely lady is my friend, Tresca. She jumped on the chance to help me with something like this and I'm so glad that she was willing so be in front of my camera for a shoot that seems so serious. In reality, we had a lot of fun talking and catching up while snapping photos in between.
If you are a woman that wants to participate in this series and lives in the Salt Lake area, send me a message, I would love to chat.