With this blog post I would like to briefly talk about how I deal with the insecurities of the image of the self, and since I am active in fashion, the insecurities of the amazing women and men that model for me.
I have chosen to only use models that I know. Non-professional models.
Why? Because I want to represent genuine people. Except for lighting modifications, I do not apply Photoshop either.
Why? Because I want to represent genuine people.
And when dealing with the genuine, insecurities are a part of the game. When ask friends to pose for me, the reactions are often the same. Surprise. The classic 'but I don't look like a model'. I often feel like people want me to reassure them about their validity or their looks. I don't. I ask them to deal with their insecurities themselves and that they are free to cancel last-minute. I believe that people are responsible, strong. And above all, we all want to be recognised. And by me asking my friends to model, I recognise them as beautiful beings, worthy to being seen. That's only opening the gate. Then I let them walk the road of their own insecurities alone. And behold, I am very very in awe, proud and in deep infatuation with all of my models, because they did walk that road. For me. Isn't that a deep sign of friendship and trust?
I've grown to feel that insecurity, is the only security. We can never really be sure about anything.