I really like this photography project. I’ve struggled with some other nude photography series I have seen, because it often seemed like the images were couched in diverse terms but actually depicted a lot of white, thin, cis, normative bodies that didn’t do much to radically challenge aesthetic hegemonies.

But this one gets a lot closer to the kind of diversity we really need to see. There are people with all sorts of bodies here: large, small, cis, trans, able-bodied, with disabilities (some invisible), racialized, etc. You see saggy breasts, stretch marks, tattoos, scars, hair. Many of the people depicted here might not be considered attractive in the really restrictive, conventional sense and that’s exactly why they should be included. I feel like it’s inching closer to being actually liberating in a way that a lot of these projects I’ve seen before didn’t.

The project is about vulnerability, shame, empathy, and asking to be seen as a real, whole person. The model’s statements accompanying their photos stand in stark contrast to the contextless photos we get of women’s and men’s bodies in advertising that strip models of their humanness and make them into commodities.

I really like it. What do you think, GTers?