Honorable Mention / 2018 / Fine Art / Nudes

Crossroads

  • Photographer
    Berta A Daniels

This project of environmental portraits aims to dismantle the myth of society's cookie-cutter ideal of beauty, and empower ordinary people by celebrating real bodies nude in nature. To know who you are is a powerful thing. To stand up proudly and take your place in the world is intensely personal, yet powerfully political. The courage to “come out” as a cultural minority – no matter what your sexual or gender orientation, religion, or cultural heritage – to expose your inner truth, opens the door to a personal freedom and strength that shines like a beacon. The revolution of empowerment begins with the knowledge that each life has value. In exploring our relationship with the elemental forces, we connect with the primal spirit of the land, and create images that reveal the essential being of each model. This work is about beauty and inner beauty and taking our places in the world.