[Nsfw] 'illusions Of The Body' Features Naked Tattooed People

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Tattooed people show illusions of the body, a series of photographs that aim to expose the unrealistic imagery the media feeds society.

We all grew up buying magazines with nonchalantly beautiful men and women with impeccable faces peering out from the glossy covers. We used to watch MTV shows where the rockstars we look up to gyrate and sing out on screen, looking like minigods with every move—making it seem like the spotlight of the universe is on them. And even with the video games we escape to, where we can pretend to be the characters we control with our consoles—macho superhero men and ladies that look like Lara Croft—so we can pretend to be them even for a very short time.

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

We're being fed with these extra-polished images of people we're brought up to believe to be the epitomes of what ‘looking good’ is supposed to look like. Not that they don't entertain us, with the mass production of entertainment—films, music, tv shows, etc.—they release annually. There's one for every type. But when we're back home in the comforts of our own bathrooms, where a full-size mirror sits staring back at us, it's a different situation. We forget that these men and women have hordes of people on their tail, paid to keep them looking good and camera-ready. That rarely cross our minds whenever we stand in front of the mirror, sucking it in, in hopes to look more flattering than we give ourself credit for.

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

Photographer Gracie Hagen is very aware of this. She knows the struggle and the ugly way beautiful media imagery projects people to sell itself. Which is why she decided to start a project that challenged the idea. She writes, “This series was made to tackle the norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays 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.”

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Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

“Imagery in the media is an illusion built upon lighting, angles, and photoshop. People can look extremely attractive under the right circumstances & two seconds later transform into something completely different.

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

“Within the series I tried to get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape and size; there is no ‘normal’. Each photo was taken with the same lighting and the same angle.”

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

Hagen picked a number of people of different ethnicities and body types to be photographed in two different perspectives in which they may see themselves. Under the same lighting and angle, people were photographed in one panorama where they pose confidently, fantastic posture and everything, and another where they appear unflattering with insecure poses and candid expressions. Most of the people Hagen captured for the series are sporting tattoos and piercing, proving how body modifications have really become the new norm.

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

Gracie reveals to Lost at E Minor the inspiration behind her series, “I was thinking of ways to try and incorporate some of my friends into series they wouldn’t normally fit into. Body acceptance and not taking yourself too seriously has always been something I thought is important to talk about as well.”

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

Celebrate your shapes, sizes and the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird and beautiful thing. —Gracie Hagen, Illusions of the Body

Photographer Gracie Hagen
Photographer Gracie Hagen

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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