Using nudity to make a statement

It is entirely legitimate to use images of nudity to make a statement about how people relate to their social environment. It’s especially appropriate if the statement involves personal identity or social stereotypes. So we have this:

Nude Portraits Explore Both Self-Identity and Stereotypes

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The image came to Brooklyn-based photographer Lauren Renner during a nap. Her project In Others’ Words features Renner’s three-paneled images of nude individuals shot with a 4×5 view camera, their bodies covered in words others have used to describe them. Total strangers write these words on each other’s naked bodies, making In Others’ Words an exercise in understanding vulnerability, knowing oneself, and transcending the labels our culture is so quick to provide.

What words come to your mind when you see a stranger’s naked body? What words do you think come to a stranger’s mind when seeing you naked? Do you have the self-confidence to handle the comments you imagine? Can you deal with vulnerability? Why or why not?

Worth thinking about.

(Via Young Naturists & Nudists America, but deleted by Facebook censors)

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2 Responses to Using nudity to make a statement

  1. Happy Bare says:

    Very smart. This would be a fun and educational thing to do at a naked venue. I would certainly make for a vivid understanding of bullying a body shaming.

  2. The Activist says:

    Protest comes to mind when I see and images like this…the words the stern look on the peoples faces

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