“I wear my body like I wear my clothes, some days it’s my favourite thing to wear, other days I wish I hadn’t put it on. But it’s my body, and I’m learning to get to know every inch of it.” -V, Model.
This shot is one of 8 in a series entitled Women. The models, upon meeting with the photographer were asked to write a couple of lines which the believed to be the essence of how the perceive themselves in terms of their comfortability in their skin. They were then asked to sit in the studio and try to physically represent those few words with their backs facing the camera.
Having the models face away from the camera with only their bare back showing, because yes, this is a nude, is the photographer’s intention to illustrate the rejection of the conventional idea that a nude in art and mostly photography necessarily exists in a sexual state, and cannot be educational.
Instead of portraying typical and “superficial” body parts that are traditionally associated with a woman’s beauty, the back is the main focus as it is the body’s largest campus and is very unique to each individual. Backs are our physical strength, they serve as pillars to support the body and protect the spinal cord. They morph and change with the times, but have we ever asked ourselves what our relationship with our back is at this very moment in time, or for the purpose of the series, in the early stages of adulthood?
Women allows for a glimpse at the battle between body and mind by taking the strength of the back and linking it with the emotional turmoil that occurs during young adulthood and captures a specific moment in time of the emotional self-love journey of these women.
The selection of women does not cater to any sort of race or ethnicity, but rather to women who have interesting things to say, or who are advocates for self-love and body image because all these topics are ones that we should ask confront ourselves with many times in a lifetime to gain internal perspectives of ourselves.
Women allows the viewer to enter an intimate moment and experience the raw human form, flaws, colour, shape and strength of the back on the bodies that are every woman’s battleground.