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 the 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
This is awesome! I was just very interested in how in the ‘unflattering’ pictures, most of what is different is just posture. Somewhat facial expression too, but mostly posture. Notice how in all the unflattering pictures their shoulders are raised and look tense and/or they are slumping forward slightly. Whereas in the flattering pictures, everyone is standing with their shoulders back and necks elongated.
Another great reminder that any body is beautiful if you wear it with confidence! The two best things you can do to make yourself look hot are standing up straight and smiling!