I started shooting this project over 8 years ago with no clue exactly where it was going to go. The beginning shoots were shot as i was learning high key lighting and made a lot of mistakes with a lot of learning along the way. Each shoot evolved the direction I wanted to take with the project. After years of editing and re-editing each of the subjects I have photographed, I present my semi-anonymous nude project, Stripped Down. The faces and the human forms presented in separate galleries. I wanted to create an interactive experience for the viewer. Not all of the faces and the forms will have matching counterparts.
I have been amazed by the human body since I was a child. I blame growing up reading comic books with their over emphasized proportions and my mother’s fashion magazines. As I approach 40 years old, my fascination with the human body only continues to grow as time and age wear on each of us.
The human body is a story within itself. Every human body is different. Some of us carry stories in the tattoos, piercings, scarification and other body modifications. Some of us carry the marks from eating disorders, depression or body dismorphia. Others carry the stories from growth from a child through adolescence and in to adulthood. Some of us are parents and have the stories that our children created leading to their entrance into this world. And then there are others that have pushed their bodies to see what our physical limitations are. The beauty of the human body is mesmerizing to me.
I posted the first of the portrait galleries late Friday night. I spent the next two nights building the first of the forms galleries. I launched the first from gallery late last night after falling asleep next to my youngest daughter. I had some trepidation to making the gallery live and sharing on various social media platforms. I was (and still am) worried that the viewers and general public will look at this project as just another photography series over-sexualizing the female form. But as i go through my first gallery for you to view, I am very happy and comfortable with what I am sharing with you.
This project is ongoing and am always wanting to shoot more people to include.