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$5,512
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
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backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, May 8 2019 5:49 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Detroit Nude is a series of body positive nudes shot in (mostly) public spaces in Detroit. The first 100 people who identified as female were photographed, free of charge, around the city. There were no age, experience, size, etc. restrictions of any kind. The project is about empowering people through art. Now, over 4 years and 275 shoots later, the project is being compiled into a hardcover book.

During the interviews with the women of the project, I have learned so much more about the women of Detroit Nude and how they feel about the project. From surviving cancer to learning to love themselves again after abusive relationships. I was touched to hear what it means to them. Some quotes:

"I feel very lucky. We've formed quite the friendship since the shoot. It was amazing. I'm a breast cancer survivor, so for me it was very important. It was one of the best things I've ever done"

"I remember I wasn't as confident before the shoot, but after I don't remember why I wasn't. For so long I felt like that. Almost a decade. And after that shoot, I was like 'dude, you can be a totally different person if you want to be"

"People say 'you're beautiful' but only when you dress up or do your makeup. But I'm beautiful when I wake up and my hair looks like a troll doll. Like I'm beautiful in all these different ways. I think when you have someone who is wants to photograph you and take you into this very public space, it's giving you the platform to undo a lot of that internalized self doubt. Because you are out there and there is no more guessing. It's just 'here I am" it's nice"

"I've got this ugly scar and my C section scar is right here. A scar isn't going to go away and it's a part of me. The project gives you more confidence to be yourself"

"It's cool that there are 100 bad ass women. And it's cool that you are a part of those bad ass women"

"This was my very first photo shoot. Not just nude, but any photoshoot. And then I was addicted. I want to do one every day, for the rest of my life. For the rest of the week I was savage! Like I was a lioness here to conquer the world"

"We shot during the Polar Vortex when it was 35 below. The shoot lasted less than 60 seconds. It was crazy fun!"

"For me, it was empowering. You really feel connected with your body and to the other women of the project. It's like a secret club"

"I had just gotten out of an abusive relationship and I needed to do something for me to remind myself 'who am I'"

"I struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD and it spoke to me that it's embracing the scars and the flaws and embracing them as beautiful. It's seeing the beauty in all of it. Even the broken. Every time I look at the pictures, every time I think of the shoot, it just reminds me how I am no less worth it, broken" 

"Being someone who was raised around the city, every corner is a re-imagination of something that was"

"When I'm having a bad day, I pull up the photos on my phone and I'm like 'Bam! Empowered! Liberated!'"



Detroit is probably the most maligned city in the country, with outsiders using the city as a punchline or as an example of the demise of the US. But I think it is an amazing place full of great people. Moreover, it is a wildly visually interesting city. Detroit is more than the urban wasteland that it is portrayed. I have included some instances of urban decay, but I'm much more focused on the beauty and strength of the city and the women who live in and around it.

This project isn't about "models" per se, even though there are a few in it, it's about people. There are 100 women who participated and they have 100 different reasons. Some just want to have a fun photo shoot, some want an adventure, some want to take back their love of self. Let's stop photoshopping unrealistic body images and be happy with who we are.

Being nude in public is a liberating and exhilarating experience. Everyone who has shot for the project has come away from it with a story. And isn't that what life is about? A collection of stories. Stories of loss, stories of adventure, stories of reclaiming who we are and want to be. I am proud of each and every woman in this project and honored to have been a part of it.

Some new work from last week at our show at the Baltimore Gallery:

MODEL OF THE DAY! 

Check here each day for a new MOTD, then pledge to the project and you will receive a password to an exclusive, backer only uncensored gallery where you can see more of the Model Of the Day! 

Today's model: Alayna Bardoni

Risks and challenges

As this will by my second book, I learned a lot. We already have the photos shot and the book designed. Things will go very smoothly on this project!

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