In Praise of Imperfect Bodies

Seattle photographer Ashley Armitage , already known for having photographed women hair or wool , has gone a step further in the celebration of normal female bodies by proposing an imperfect physical gallery. Sagging breasts , stretch marks , scars , pimples, cellulite , unwanted hair and fat rolls.

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Armitage opposed to perfect photos of beautiful models and retouched , its images of real women , with normal bodies and not be affected by editing programs.
” We have always been the subject of paintings and painters never , ” said Armitage .

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Historically , the image of the female body has been subjected to standards of beauty imposed by men.

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Stop Acid Attacks

The campaign Stop Acid Attacks has produced a calendar with pictures of women survivors of acid attacks .
it is not the usual calendar that portrays supermodels costumed in exotic locations around the world . In their place , the photos show some of the women who survived one of the worst crimes that can be committed : the attack with acid. In 12 photos , each of the women is portrayed while he is engaged who dreams of being in life . ” The goal was to show their dreams , ” said Rahul Saharan fact , one of the three photographers who took care of the project , the Quartz website .

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Falling Down for Art’s Sake

Breaking Instagram one satirical image at a time, Italian photographer Sandro Giordano builds elaborate setups involving people falling down and their stuff flying everywhere.
His staged tumbles, entertaining though they are, come with cautionary tales. “My photographs are short stories about a falling-down world,” he says while not denying the schadenfreude appeal. “Each shot tells of worn-out characters who, as if a sudden black-out of mind and body took over, let themselves crash with no attempt to save themselves because of fatigue. They reach their limit beyond which their false self cannot go.


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PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS: EMBRACING AND EMPOWERING POSITIVE BODY IMAGE

This project is not intended to just focus on Motherhood, I see it having many chapters, with several characters all with differing stories to tell. I would even love to see some men participate in the future. Obviously women are more apt to be the victim of body shaming, or the seemingly rampant epidemic of mommy wars. But we as humans all have insecurities and we are all scarred, imperfect and flawed in some way physically and emotionally. Standing on the other side of this first endeavor into this project, I’m convinced people of all ages, genders, and races, people with differing reasons for struggling to find acceptance of their body image, could benefit from this.
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Foot binding

Foot binding was the custom of applying painfully tight binding to the feet of young girls to prevent further growth. The practice possibly originated among upper-class court dancers during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in Imperial China (10th or 11th century), then became popular during the Song dynasty and eventually spread to all social classes. Foot binding became popular as a means of displaying status (women from wealthy families, who did not need their feet to work, could afford to have them bound) and was correspondingly adopted as a symbol of beauty in Chinese culture. Its prevalence and practice however varied in different parts of the country. Feet altered by binding were called lotus feet.donne-cina-piedi-di-loto-fasciati-orig_main
The Manchu Kangxi Emperor tried to ban foot binding in 1664 but failed. In the later part of the 19th century, Chinese reformers challenged the practice but it was not until the early 20th century that foot binding began to die out as a result of anti foot-binding campaigns. Foot-binding resulted in lifelong disabilities for most of its subjects, and a few elderly Chinese women still survive today with disabilities related to their bound feet.
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