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 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
I am very happy to be a part of this series and think that Gracie has done an excellent job with how she portrays the image pairs, both alone and as a group.
This was an interesting project to work on, both for reasons that Gracie stated above, as well as for reasons personal to me as a model. No matter how many times I see the final results, especially of the pair of photos that are “mine”, they never fail to bring about an emotional response of one sort or another - which, in the end, I think solidifies the purpose of the project, for me at least.
…Aaaaand now for the awkward part. The problem with my day-to-day look is that it is usually mascara-only, as the makeup was for this project, which makes me far, far easier to recognize by people who are not a part of the industry, and who may not know all that I do. Like at a family gathering with people who, after all this time, might as well just be in-laws anyway - when you get discreetly pulled aside and into a conversation about the series you’ve been a part of and recognized in. Still something of a total “deer in the headlights” moment as I prefer, for the most part, to keep my personal and professional lives separate (for multiple reasons). But that’s what happens when a series starts blowing up and you have almost-in-laws that are in the journalism/communications field - you get discreetly blind-sided with a “hey, so I saw recognized you [nude] in the ‘Illusions of the Body’ series…” on Thanksgiving. I’m laughing today, but yesterday it really was something of a shock, lol.
(Love you anyway, Gracie!!)