March 2, 2014

Gracie Hagen - Illusions of the body

Gracie Hagen is a young photographer based in Chicago and interested by the body (the reason she's on this blog although I post only if I like it or find it interesting enough to feature here). Here her statement about the series: "This series 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 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.Imagery in the media is an illusion built upon lighting, and photoshop. People can look extremely attractive under the right circumstances & two seconds later transform into something completely different.Within the series I tried to get a range of body types, ethnicities and genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting and the same angle. Celebrate your shapes, sizes and the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird and beautiful thing". I'm not sure the result fulfills expectations and maybe it could be rougher and more subversive. It's not much different than previous similar series although it's true to my knowledge this confrontation had never been done. But in the future it would be nice that the approach of the everyday life body is more subtile and more sociological or psychological complex. For example how people see them attractive and unattractive. But I'm a little severe and this series is nice too. Her site here.

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