Prabal Gurung FW 2013
Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays the only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. 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.
Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.
Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing.
Photographer: Gracie Hagen
Macahuitls, the obsidian swords of the Aztec. The one on top, made of what looks like burl, is more traditional in the obsidian placement. The bottom one is more immediately frightening, but teeth like that would chip and shatter much faster than flat, rectangular sections.
At first I thought the top one was a paddle and I was horrified. Somehow it’s less horrifying for me to know that these were made with the express purpose of injuring and killing?
But also, dang these are cool.