🎼 Feel Your Weight // Rhye
35mm inkjet print (censored)
after excitedly sharing this image yesterday, i woke up to find it reported and deleted; a clear reminder why it is so important to me to photograph the nude form. why is it we’ve stigmatized the human form so assiduously? although it was already censored, it seems the insinuation of nudity was enough to “offend”. geniuinely curious why anyone would follow someone when their work so greatly offends the viewer? a sort of rebuttal exists in this type of bare it all attitude, but it does make you wonder, on a platform rife with extremely distasteful sexualized imagery (exhibits a-z i can spot), this is something that gets deleted, as well as countless other images i’ve posted on here, careful to censor to abide by instagram’s (double) standards.
anyway, i’m happy to share this intoxicating news once again, and convey my deep gratitude for every being that’s been a part of this journey thus far. each and every individual that lends themselves to craft can attest to the ease in which we can find ourselves in slumps, contemplating if what we do has truly any affect on anything; feeling like our time and work are thanklessly spent trying to create only to land on feeling unnecessary, worthless, disgraceful even; tempted to shift focus to fields deemed lucrative by society’s machine. but what is it that we do to educate ourselves on history? where do we turn to find relics of the past? it’s not in banks, or under the monstrous capitalistic umbrella of the exchange of goods. no, it is in the places that showcase and preserve art. it’s our responsibility to represent our society, whether by advocating for those swept to it’s margins, or solely adding to the juices of the stew of our times, discussing and digesting our experiences as the ingredients we refer to. stella adler writes “life beats you down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one” a quote i often refer to when blessed with collaborating with each and every one of you, charging the life source with love and joy. thank you all, notably Nicole Wittenberg (@nwitts), the Alex Katz Foundation, and MFA Boston (@mfaboston).