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Concentration

I’ve written before about the quandary as a body positivity blogger of posting photos of the bits I love and viewpoints from which I know I look great, versus focusing honestly on the bits I’m not always that happy with. Do we focus on what make us feel fabulous or accept all of it? I usually opt for the former. It’s rare for you to ever see a shot of my big belly or differently shaped and not very pert breasts.
IMG_8795 (3)A few months back I was photographing Exhibit A for his Mapplethorpe homage. After shooting the image we ultimately chose (this one using an old Box Brownie) we tried a couple of shots with him holding my current Canon camera. It didn’t work half as well as the image with the old camera but what did come out of it was the shot below. I didn’t realise that he was photographing me with my camera as I photographed him with my iPhone. And,  strangely, I love the resulting image – rolls and all! I love that I’m completely unaware of my posture and not tugging my shoulders back or sitting up straight to reduce the appearance of my belly. I love the look of concentration in my eyes. And I love that unbeknown to me my complete comfort and contentment in that moment was being captured.

Sinful Sunday

20 Comments

  1. What a fantastic shot – I love you included the image of Exhibit A photographing you too. You are 100% correct sometimes we do think too much about our posture or appearance and it takes away from the shot. This image of you feels so natural looking at it – what a wonderful, sneaky idea from him <3

  2. I too love the focus and sense of care and concentration in this image. You look like you are looking at something you enjoy and cherish

  3. Love the story and seeing the look in your eyes. Accept all and focus on Being fabulous.
    I’ll bet that was a lovely surprise to receive this photo.

  4. I live this image. It is exactly that look of concentration when you take photos. You look gorgeous.
    It’s a happy coincidence that I have posted a pic that shows my belly which I would normally avoid, but I love today’s shot.

  5. This image is beautiful. It naturally captures an unplanned relaxed yet concentrating moment in time.

  6. This is absolutely fabulous! I don’t only see concentration in your image. I also see love and happiness. It’s beautiful, as is your body!
    Rebel xox

  7. Both shots are beautiful!!!!

  8. I’ve always been a sucker for greyscale and this photo just ticks so many of my boxes. Thank you.
    KW

  9. I love the way you are looking into your camera, even though we can’t see you mouth you can tell by the twinkle in your eyes that you are smiling.
    Mollyx

  10. Such a lovely, lovely photo . . . and, as with ALL your photos . . . I’m so, so glad you posted!
    Wonderful !!!
    Xxx – K

  11. Just Fucking lovely 😍
    So perfectly unguarded and beautiful, doing what you love to do x x

  12. I absolutely understand that struggle! I often feel the same and have the same internal battle with my photos. This is a gorgeous natural shot and has got me thinking about doing something a little more ‘real’ myself.
    Aurora x

  13. These are a lovely pair of shots. I myself tend to only take pictures of myself that I am comfortable with. I love the look of concentration and adoration in your eyes.

  14. While you may have issues with certainly bits… I find all of you absolutely stunning

  15. A lovely story with beautiful results!

  16. jerusalemmortimer

    June 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Beautifully written.
    And I love the photo. It’s stunning!

  17. Hi! just trying to get hold of you re: next week and not sure how best to w/ your twitter on hiatus – let me know? x

  18. I LOVE this. It feels so natural, so relaxed and you just look so happy.

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