my heart is a muscle the size of my fist. it thumps, and it pumps.
Definitely the season of love, by Hajin Bae
—Thomas S. Monson (via theonlymagicleftisart)
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—Gloria Anzaldúa (via megamindinhd)
The Nu Project’s Nude Photos Tell The Truth About Women’s Bodies
The Nu Project is a no-glamor honest look at beauty and image in our world.
Female nudity isn’t hard to come by in the media, but the bodies we see usually represent a fairly limited scope of sizes and shapes. The Nu Project, a collection of nude photographs shot by Minneapolis photographer Matt Blum, seeks to add some variety to the mix. Blum started The Nu Project in 2005 but said it really took off when his wife, Katy Kessler, became the project’s editor. Blum sees the photos as filling a void. “When I started shooting nudes there was no project like it,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. The things that I had seen either used models with typical model bodies or average people who were made to look extremely unimpressive. I figured there was a way to treat women (of any size/shape) like models and photograph them beautifully, respectfully without a lot of sexual under or overtones. The women photographed are all volunteers, and most of the pictures are taken in the subjects’ homes — where they feel most comfortable. The Nu Project’s website showcases six galleries of nudes, three shot in North America, three in South America. Although Blum told HuffPost that he feels that they have a “good variety of people involved,” he and Kessler acknowledge on The Nu Project website that they’d love for the subjects to be more diverse. “The hardest part for us is that the project is 100 percent volunteer, so I do not see the women until I show up at their door,” Blum writes on the website. “We’re doing our best to encourage all types of women, but we need volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life to make the project more complete.” Blum said he ultimately hopes that these images inspire the women who see them to feel better about their own bodies. “It’s been really exciting to hear people react to the images,” he told HuffPost. “We get a lot of feedback from women (especially) who have struggled to see themselves as beautiful, and this project has helped them on that path.”
You know the feeling after finishing a book and the moment of choosing the next one arrives, and sometimes you suddenly find yourself lost, gathered in the middle of all these great, irresistible books that hide all these heart melting stories in them, and you have no idea in which to dive into first, because they all seem just so wonderful and it is utterly impossible to pick just one?
You start leafing through them, book by book, taking glimpses, caressing the pages, breathing in the different combinations of harmonic scents of ink and paper they each own, feeling the books and their magic in your hands.
In the end, you’re in state of literal fever, enchanted but exhausted, overdosed by all this literal greatness available, you can not breathe in at once, even though you’d like to, and you realize there is too many brilliant books in this wide world, and too little time. And,
you are not any closer of making that decision.
Oh how book wormish nonsense I just described to you, but I’m sure at least other book worms will understand. Anyway, I had that literal fever couple of days ago, and the photo above, I think, reflects that state absolutely perfectly, which is why I put it here. I love it.
Oh forgot to mention, I did choose a book after all, after letting the haze of all those beautiful books set down a little. The thing is, there is a right timing for everything in life, even for each book. You just have to listen to your gut, what you feel like reading right now and go for it and you will know what’s the right book for this exact moment. I did that, and now I’m having compelling time diving into the Mariam Jo’s life in the book A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini.
I hope you are having as much fun, and sometimes even frustrating time, getting lost in the world of books as I am.
- lovesme xx
source of the pic: http://tea-andharmony.tumblr.com/post/46692816391