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.