I recently volunteered as a nude model for a photographer friend who wanted to explore her new camera lens. The experience was emotionally overwhelming and amazing. I wrote about the experience over on my more irreverent blog, The Blasphemous Homemaker. I have been amazed at the responses I am getting on the post, on Facebook, and on Pinterest. This article really hit on something. It's had well over 1000 views already in just 3 days.
If you would like to read about it, click here. There is only one photograph, of me holding a few daisies over my butt crack. I know, it sounds goofy. It was supposed to be a silly pose. It ended up being my absolute favorite. It's a stunning photograph. The article includes a link to 12 more photos. They are very artistically done. I both love and hate and love them again.
It turns out, a Mormon acquaintance of mine, Katrina Barker Anderson, also has a project going where she photographed several Mormon women in the nude and shared their stories about overcoming body hatred or shame and embracing the skin they're in. It's remarkable timing. Their stories are remarkable. CLICK HERE to see her project.
She will also be speaking at a Sunstone symposium on August 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her presentation is titled "BARING ALL: STRIPPING MODESTY NORMS THROUGH NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY." You can read more about it by CLICKING HERE.
"Abstract: Mormon women bear a heavy burden: while
being warned against becoming “walking pornography,” they also face immense pressure to be attractive and fit. They must both attract and protect against male desire. This hyper-focus on modesty leaves many girls and women feeling disconnected and ambivalent about their bodies. The Mormon Women Bare project seeks to empower women to reclaim their bodies. Through tasteful nude photography and personal narratives, women are seen as beautiful, flawed, real, and exposed. Women of different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate that bodies need not bring shame but can be owned, celebrated, and honored."
If you will be in Salt Lake at the time, you might want to stop by. I bet ti will be an emotional and powerful presentation.
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