During a conversation with a model, I’ve discovered the notion of body-positivism, which is basically being confident with one self-body and stop being ashamed and harassed by fashion dictates. I didn’t know I was part of something bigger like this, but this is a state of mind I totally rely on. I’ve got often contacts from people who have never posed and just want to have a first experience, see what’s like to be in the shoes of a model (with no shoes :wink:) or who want to face their own body in front of a camera and their approach is often to be related to body-positivism.
Emma came to me to see what posing is. She was not in need of recognition about her body: she is pretty confident being on stage, even posing nude, but she was looking for something else. Something that lies in the mind, in the way we can communicate emotions, how we can use our own experiences to feed a creative mind and build something around that. She also had to admit that it was a bit harder than expected.
Most people that have never posed, especially nude, think that nudity or being photogenic are the most difficult part of a shooting. It is not. At least, it is not in the kind of photography I do. I care about people, so I don’t care about how good looking you are or are not. You are, that is a fact. And you have a lot to share because you’ve got at least 18 years of life behind you as a strict minimum. Unless you lived in a cave until your majority, you have the stuff to share. This is my main source for building imagery.
So, even if I love the idea of being part of promoting body-positivism - which I am, let’s face it - I never emphasize enough that this is not what my images are made of. They are pieces of your soul put together with mine, along with your and my experiences set up to deliver emotion.