Each time an obstacle has popped up on my return to New York, it’s like the universe is asking, how much do you want this?

If you want something don’t be afraid to let the world know. Don’t dilute your desires. Want it, need it and wait for things to conspire for you to have it. You can’t manifest it sitting on your ass but you can let the world know this is what you desire. Then work towards it. Every day. I want and am a New York fine art photographer. There! It’s out there!

Photo inspired by Hanssie Ho. Thank you to all of you but especially my partner in crime and fellow artists for inspiring me to reach beyond my own limits.

So, what do you really, really desire?

Chinese Proverb

Chinese Proverb

Hi New Yorkers, tomorrow on Wed July 29th I’ll be photographing models for Transparency: The Gender Identity Project at Bureau of General Services-Queer Division located in the LGBT Center.

I’ll be there from 1pm to 7pm and if you’d like to sit for a complimentary portrait, feel free to come by! The location is:

BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES—QUEER DIVISION

@ THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CENTER

208 WEST 13TH STREET, ROOM 210

Please share this if you know someone who would be interested in the project!

Model for Transparency: The Gender Identity Project

Model for Transparency: The Gender Identity Project

Two images from “I will not hide, I am free” series were selected for the upcoming show The Rights of Summer at Ripe Art Gallery! It’s been almost 20 hours since I moved back to New York so this is a huge welcome back surprise! A big thank you to curator & photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguell and Sean Corcoran, curator at Museum of the City of New York. I also wanted to thank Cherie Via Rexer who puts so much effort in supporting this community of artists and honors their work by framing it so beautifully.

This photo shoot on a nudist beach in Vancouver was commissioned by a client named Tracy Somerville who wanted a fine art nude portrait. She said, “The reason I’m doing this is to feel good about the body I’m in, to see my confidence and strength, to have images to show off to the world that someone my size is beautiful too. I hope to reach other women who feel their body is disgusting, or have been told they are ugly and help them see that a large body is beautiful too.”

When Tracy was looking for inspiration images for her photoshoot, she was unable to find any images of women who looked like her, who represented her body type. This is one of the reasons we collaborated on this project.

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This photo shoot on a nudist beach in Vancouver was commissioned by a client who wanted a fine art nude portrait. She said, “The reason I’m doing this is to feel good about the body I’m in, to see my confidence and strength, to have images to show off to the world that someone my size is beautiful too. I hope to reach other women who feel their body is disgusting, or have been told they are ugly and help them see that a large body is beautiful too.”

After the session, she emailed me, “I am still amazed at the complete acceptance people at the beach had of my body… the total non-issue I was…. my fat jiggled everywhere and no one cared!  I have NEVER felt like that before.  I’ve been actually googling nudist beaches around here, plus caribbean resorts and cruises.  I just want more of it!!!  A difference kind of body acceptance was awakened on Saturday.  So thank you for that!  :)

Following her emotional viewing session, she told me, “This whole experienced opened me up to a previously unknown world of self-acceptance. I wandered around Wreck Beach buck-naked and no one cared! No one laughed at me, pointed, snickered, yelled ‘fatso’ or made oinking noises (and yes, I have experienced all of that a multitude of times during my life). It was so freeing to be me, without any layers, just me. I learned that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am strong, and courageous, and beautiful. I’m fucking amazing actually!!!! So thank you Daphne Chan for this amazing experience!

So my question is, Why don’t we see more of these images in mainstream media?

Update: When this client was looking for inspiration images for her photoshoot, she was unable to find any images of women who looked like her, who represented her body type. This is one of the reasons we collaborated on this project. I’m so fired up by all your positive responses I emailed The Huffington Post to ask them why there isn’t more diversity in women’s sizes in the media! If you wonder the same thing, please contact them here scoop@huffingtonpost.com with this link: http://daphnechanblog.com/?p=1762

Update 2: Thank you for all your positive comments and encouraging this woman to embrace her body positive image and confidence. If you have any negative comments about my work or her body I ask that you please not try to PM my client. She has worked so hard to come to this place of self-acceptance over years and I’m so proud of her. Thank you!

Fine art nude at Wreck Beach in Vancouver with Miss S

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Fine art nude photo shoot at nudist beach 2

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I’ve begun packing for my upcoming move to New York City! As the studio is being purged, I’ll be posting some of my fine art prints from previous workshops and gallery exhibition. Hope you enjoy them! This image is the inspiration for the #‎HerInterior‬ series.

Inspiration for Her Interior series

Inspiration for Her Interior series

 

One of my first jobs at the ICP – International Center of Photography​  was assisting a dance photographer. Often after the workshop was taught, I was compensated with studio time and worked with the models to create these images.

Dance photography by Daphne Chan

Dance photography by Daphne Chan