This photo concept was suggested by the model who was born with spina bifida and truly does feel “bound to the chair.” It’s also a great example of why I really enjoy a collaborative approach to my fine art photo shoots.
The model posted this on Facebook:
So. Yesterday I took a big step (figuratively). I had the pleasure of working with the amazing Craig Stocks on a photoshoot for his fine arts gallery and Art Models 360.
This experience meant a lot to me for a few reasons. The first being I was mostly nude (panties only) in all but a couple of pictures. This served not only an artistic purpose but also so sculptors and artists may see what the body looks like in a chair. This took a lot of courage for me to do. To pose like that for something public when I have struggled to accept my body was hard but once we began shooting, it became so easy.
The pictures turned out great. And no, I do not look like your typical model. My back is curved. I have a hump on my lower back. My tummy is paunchy and sticks out because of the curve of my back. I have some extra weight.
And that is OK.
Yes I am working to lose weight but not because I feel I am ugly. I do it to be healthy. And yesterday, while scary, was incredibly liberating for me. I was also able to take a few shots that detailed in a artistic way, the feeling of being bound to my chair. Of being trapped. I may have to struggle with that my whole life and that too is ok.
Because I am still in control. Even if my body tries to spin out on me…I am in control.
And I love me. No, I am not perfect. But truthfully…I do not want to be.
Thank you again Craig, for allowing me to do this with you. It was an amazing experience! (Plus the parisol shots were adorable.) – Cierce Carter