I’ve had a few people comment lately on how often I’m running around in my skivvies lately on Instagram, and not in a negative way, just that they’ve noticed…they typically want to talk about how I can be so comfortable being exposed like that, so naturally I thought that it might be an interesting topic to chat about here!
First off, there is absolutely no part of me that is craving attention from baring some skin. I simply create what inspires me hoping that it might inspire you as well! I am a visual person, I like making things beautiful and if I think something will make a great photo you can bet I’m going to do it! So when I’m pinning photos or (more likely) losing myself in the black hole of visual inspiration that is Instagram I take note of the things I like…why I like them, what about these images is inspiring to me and so on. The truth is, I really love photos of people most of all.
I’ve always been a very modest person (and honestly I still feel that I am) so I’m not sure what’s changed, but over the Summer in particular I just really stopped caring about my skin and what other people might think about it. Everybody has a body and every body is beautiful and unique in its own right. I love how shedding some layers adds so much vulnerability to a photo, or, throw up a peace sign and suddenly everything transforms into a very carefree scene!
I guess this kind of goes hand in hand with my last post, and just acknowledging that I have the power to live my life however I see fit. So instead of worrying about what my parents might think and so on, I’m just going to do what I love to do best…and that is to create! I love testing boundaries, trying new approaches to my work, and experimenting with concepts I’ve never tried before. It’s the tits! And you know what else is the tits? Having a photographer that loves to do these things too!
So what advice can I give someone who is feeling insecure about their body being photographed? Get over yourself. Everyone has their own list of what they consider to be flaws, I like to call them characteristics personally. If you want to do something literally just do it, but make sure you work with someone you trust and can be comfortable with (very important). Even if you’re not slapping your face all over the internet, it is a pretty cool way to see yourself in a different light.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you enjoy these types of photos, would you pose for them yourself?
photos by justine milton