New cover for The Progressive, thanks to AD Nick Jehlen!
This issue focused on stories from various people across the earth working in different ways to improve the world.
When I got the cover prompt I took a nap right afterwards, and I actually dreamed the idea of all the different birds building a nest together.
I’m so, so pleased that:
1. My sleeping brain pulled its own weight for once
2. That sketch actually got picked
3. I can literally say this was a “dream come true”
Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays the 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.
Within the series I tried get a range of body types, ethnicities & genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting & the same angle.
Celebrate your shapes, sizes & the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird & beautiful thing.
Photographer: Gracie Hagen
Wow. Confidence is beautiful.
By Silvia Grav, a truly extraordinary set of black & white photographs from the Madrid-based artist, that have such beautiful concepts behind each image. There has been a wave of incredibly talented photographers with a knack for surreal manipulations recently, and these are some of the best I’ve seen.