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In this day and age, it's easy to get caught up in what the "ideal" body type is. Between celebrities and models showing off impossibly thin figures to the proliferation of a pro-ana sentiment on social media, body image has gotten completely skewed. So, photographer Gracie Hagen decided to do something about it. She created the project "Illusions Of The Body" to tackle the supposed body norms that we're inundated with on the regular. Hagen photographed models in the nude, posing in two completely different ways. One is "flattering," the other is more traditionally unflattering.
"Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images," said Hagen. "We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have." Each image is meant to show how each and every person is a different shape and size, and that the human body is a weird and beautiful thing. Click through to see images from the project, and just note that this is slightly NSFW.
There are so many benefits to capturing a first look — when
the betrothed see each other before the ceremony — that it has pretty much
become standard in wedding photography. I prefer a subtle, not
overly-choreographed first look, with only the couple shot in an area that's as
private as possible.
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