Our media has the tendency to bombard us with dehumanizing images of the female body. Instead of presenting women as fully-realized individuals, it dissects us into sexualized parts like “breast,” “butt,” or “thigh.” The photographer Roger Weiss explains this sort of objectification thusly: “The image of women of our times has been reduced to a pattern, a combination of codes and models that lead to the woman/individual instead of the other way around.” 

 

 

In the vein of Gestalt psychologists and art historians, Weiss’s series Human Dilations aims to disrupt the assumption that the female whole is simply a sum of its often sexualized parts. As the artist explains, the work “encourages the female image to appear as a whole […] entirely detached from the stereotypical and hypocritical notion of beauty.” 

 

 

By photographing women at unexpected angles, highlighting the variant textures of human flesh and sculptural potential of female anatomy, Weiss hopes to showcase divergent models of beauty. Each image captures the body distorted in such a way that transforms traditionally sexualized body parts; in doing so, they aim capture the body as a stunningly transcendent whole, liberated from the traditional and often oppressive indicators of female beauty. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments! Is this work successful in disrupting the way the media sexualizes and objectifies women?

 

 

Thanks to Beautiful/Decay

Images via Beautiful/Decay

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