On April 30, 2013, kapchur.us photography was featured at a presentation about the topic of Body Diversity being put on by Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea). Richard Wood, over a month and a half time period and with the assistance of other SOSea members, assembled a mix of 25 models to compile 23 different photographic art pieces to display during this event. The art pieces were intended to stimulate the participant conversations and allow the participants to view the art while also meeting many of the models.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Overall, this project was AMAZING. I want to thank Social Outreach Seattle for allowing me to contribute to such an important topic and bring my vision of diversity into light. I know that I learned much about body diversity JUST from participating in the shoots and had many long discussions with so many of the models about what the topic means to them, how it’s impacted their lives and how this project allows them to reflect better on that diversity.
The event itself floored me! 118 RSVPs on Facebook, and a PACKED room of amazing participants… not just voyeurs of art, but active participants interested in the topic, interested in making change, interested in broadening what beauty means.
Before closing, I’d like to thank Zach Pullin for guiding this event and handling SO many of the logistics and pulling together so many seemingly small pieces to make a good event GREAT! HOWEVER, Zach surprised me with the “take away action questions”. There were two questions but one REALLY hit me hard, 1) How will you, in so far as the topic of sizism, DISASSEMBLE your privilege? How will I disassemble my privilege? My first thought would be, WHY would I want to disassemble my privilege? Any privilege I have I need! However after saying these words out loud to the other participants in my breakout group, I realized that by continuing to assert and use my privilege as a gay white unhumanly attractive male I’m also asserting that those who do not have the same attributes as myself are less than me and continue to be oppressed in our society. By asserting my privilege I encourage the same classism that exists between individuals based simply on how they look, be it race, weight, height, facial features, and many other things that make people insecure about their physical being.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
Keep an eye on the Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) Facebook page for updates on the sale of these prints to benefit SOSea and the wonderful community activities they energize.
UPDATE: See the Seattle Gay News article written by Mac McGregor, one of the models in the exhibit, entitled “Body diversity and the ‘magic letter’ – The importance of being true to yourself“