by, for and about Women of Size and their allies

Archive for June, 2014

Body Labels and unsimple portraits

 

Body Label

Photographer Stephanie Vandenburg (Everburg Photography) uses herself and her husband for models/subjects because “(they)¬†are readily available, work for free, and don’t complain about long hours.”

Regardless of the reason for turning the lens self-ward, she has created of her photographs, a portraiture and narrative that is sometimes playful (as in Nerd Love), sometime political (as in Body Label, shown above) and always thought-provoking. You can find more of her work at deviantart.

About the self-portrait shown here, Vandenburg wrote:

People put labels on me all the time, whether they are good or bad. People immediately label people the second they meet them, putting a person’s basic personality all in one neat little package but never getting anymore diverse or complex. I will always be labeled by people, but I don’t have to let those labels shape who I am.

Stop labeling my body. It’s not as simple as you think.

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