Throughout history the human figure has been a popular, perhaps the most popular, subject for artists.  As a photo artist, I too have a fascination with human beings, both women and men.  They are my most interesting and favorite subjects.

Many artists who portray people choose to depict only models that fulfill their, or perhaps society’s, perception of perfect specimens of humanity.  This is apparent in art ranging from Greek statues to Playboy nudes and certainly promoted in popular media.  I have no problem with those who choose that approach, but that is not my style, at least not all the time.

More often I will choose subjects (or they choose me) who I find interesting because they don’t fit the mold current beauty standards attempt to push us all into.  My preference is to show the world there is much beauty to be found in subjects other than the oft depicted 20 something woman who slips easily into a size 2 or smaller.

The above link is to a recently completed video I made from images of a photo shoot I did with Rachel, a friend and model I have collaborated with several times over the past 2 years.  She has the confidence to be proud of her body that bore and nurtured a child.  She is neither in her 20s nor a size 2, but she is beautiful.

I hope you will agree.

Images and text Copyright 2015 Dave Michael.  No portion of this article may be reproduced without permission of the author.

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