One Photographer Exposes The Lying Nature of Posing (NSFW)

It’s not exactly breaking news that your pose can make or break a photograph — this coming from someone who has her safeguard stance down to art (full disclosure: it’s the skinny arm :-/). And yet, we see fashion imagery everywhere that manages to convince us that these models always look that perfect, immune to gravity and other such realities. Helping to shed light on this issue is photographer Gracie Hagan’s in her project “Illusions Of The Body.” She was tired of the media’s carbon copy portrayal of people and wanted to provide unmitigated proof that norms don’t exist when it comes to the weird, beautiful human body.

“Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images,” explains Hagan on her website. “We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of the body images we as a culture have.”

What makes Hagan’s effort all the more laudable is her commitment to showcasing a range of different ethnicities and body types — something the fashion industry struggles to do time and time again. Furthermore, she made sure that all of the images were taken with the same angle and lighting. See two of the photographs below, and view the entire project here.

illusions of the body

illusions of the body

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