Posing naked for artists or undressing in front of a lover for the first time are daunting experiences to a lot of people. One must accept that there are no more secrets, the folds and dimples will tell of things that words mostly avoid. Society pressures us to achieve the unachievable and forgets to tell us that the bodies that we idolized are mostly photoshopped and nowhere near true form. Photographer R.A. Tinoko struggled with his own issues surrounding body image and wanted to demystify the body to help him gain better understanding of himself.
In his series Every Body has a Story to Tell he explores other bodies. As an act of bearing witness to someone being vulnerable and undressing to pose for him, Tinoko exercised his own demons of negative self-image. His photos are landscapes of skin and shapes, all sensual and respectful. Tinoko explains, “This series is about body image, but also much more than that. I grew up being a bit overweight, so I was bullied and called all sorts of names. Weight and body image is something I have always struggled with. As I was developing an idea for the final project of my master’s degree, I began to question conventional beauty. What makes someone beautiful?”
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