Illusions of the Body
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, angles & 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 & 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.
Note: This series is product of passion on the part of the artist & volunteers. If there seems to be certain body types, genders, ethnicities etc that are underrepresented, it is because that type of person has not chosen to be apart of it.
I have not intentionally excluded anyone.
I received this email from Grace Hagan – I had mentioned her work in an earlier post — see here.
I wanted to thank you for putting my series Illusions of the Body on your website, doing that allowed me to reach millions of people.
Some of them felt relieved that they were normal, some were amazed about how much someone could change within the span of two photographs, some told me they wished they had seen this when they were younger & they were going to teach their kids this lesson.
It even caused people to want to participate in the series!
Due to the positive response I’ve created a lovely coffee table book of the series. I felt that Illusions of the Body was best consumed with multiple body types to look at rather than a single print of one person.
Includes 17 never before released images.
All advance purchases will be numbered & signed by the artist
Matte Cover Finish
Limited Edition Signed Pre-Order $50
unsigned post release $60
Books will be shipped May 1st.
They can buy the book directly from my website. I made an easy URL for people to remember: http://IllusionsOfTheBody.com/
Location Forte Framing & Gallery, 2301 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
People can pick up their book early & I’ll be there doing a book signing.