The Nu Project’s Nude Photos Tell The Truth About Women’s Bodies
The Nu Project is a no-glamor honest look at beauty and image in our world.
Female nudity isn’t hard to come by in the media, but the bodies we see usually represent a fairly limited scope of sizes and shapes. The Nu Project, a collection of nude photographs shot by Minneapolis photographer Matt Blum, seeks to add some variety to the mix. Blum started The Nu Project in 2005 but said it really took off when his wife, Katy Kessler, became the project’s editor. Blum sees the photos as filling a void. “When I started shooting nudes there was no project like it,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. The things that I had seen either used models with typical model bodies or average people who were made to look extremely unimpressive. I figured there was a way to treat women (of any size/shape) like models and photograph them beautifully, respectfully without a lot of sexual under or overtones. The women photographed are all volunteers, and most of the pictures are taken in the subjects’ homes — where they feel most comfortable. The Nu Project’s website showcases six galleries of nudes, three shot in North America, three in South America. Although Blum told HuffPost that he feels that they have a “good variety of people involved,” he and Kessler acknowledge on The Nu Project website that they’d love for the subjects to be more diverse. “The hardest part for us is that the project is 100 percent volunteer, so I do not see the women until I show up at their door,” Blum writes on the website. “We’re doing our best to encourage all types of women, but we need volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life to make the project more complete.” Blum said he ultimately hopes that these images inspire the women who see them to feel better about their own bodies. “It’s been really exciting to hear people react to the images,” he told HuffPost. “We get a lot of feedback from women (especially) who have struggled to see themselves as beautiful, and this project has helped them on that path.”
I’m trying to be more open with my body. I like things like this.
My love is far away. And my eyes are very tired. Good night.
I love sitting in a train. Sure, you can listen to music everywhere but in a train … I don’t know. The way the nature passes and the thoughts begin to flow without even knowing it … it’s something really special. And I love the feeling. Sometimes I think there’s nothing better than sitting in a train and doing nothing but listen to some really good music that breaks your heart.
"I’m an acquired taste…not for everybody, but for the ones that get me…I will give you all of me, all the time."
I’m not a big fan of the concept of theming your wedding off a passing fad in pop culture…but that said, as moonrise kingdom is wonderful, so too are these wedding inspiration photos from www.Ruffledblog.com. They come complete with a canoe and a well dressed man.
Recently on Instagram, photographer Paul Octavious has taken to matching Pantone swatches to the world around him in an ongoing series simple titled The Pantone Project. Drawing on the basic color matching system used in the printing industry, Octavious matches snippets of his everyday life to the solid blocks of color with fun names like sunshine (yellow), bright violet, and pirate black. By holding the swatches out with his own hand, the photographer inserts himself into each image, reminding viewers that there is a man behind the lens.