The greatest work of art is the human body and I love honoring it.
When I started my photographic journey one of the genres I was attracted to was using the human body as a landscape. There was, and still is, this pull to explore all the peaks and valleys created by the intersection of a body and light. The creases and textures just pop.
The best thing is that, since every body is different, each body brings something different to the table. Each of use has a different build and different proportions to be sure. That alone makes each subject unique. A little more here, a little less there equates to endless variations. Add to that the fact that different areas of our bodies provide different textures.
But even beyond that, we are even more unique. Age changes things in a fantastic ways. Those of us that have a few more trips around the sun know what I’m talking about. Gravity and time affects us. Injuries, childbirth and other factors change our bodies.
We wear our time on this earth on our skin. It’s a roadmap of our life. The person that I shot last year brings new things to the table this year and will do so again next year.
This means that, in a way, I’m a documentary photographer. Because of this I do not retouch any of these images to remove “blemishes”. Why would I erase someone’s journey? What you see here is what I saw. Pores, textures, scars, stretch marks, moles and all that are shown here. Shown with pride and in their full glory.
My philosophy is that you are perfectly, wonderfully, uniquely you and to embrace that. If anyone viewing any of my work has a problem with reality then that’s on them. Why should my subjects conform to some faceless viewer’s beliefs of what is “normal” or “acceptable”?
Screw them. Embrace yourself. Stand with pride and say “Here I am.”
Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Make sure to follow this page for alerts when it gets updated and leave him some love in the form of likes and comments. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net with any questions you might have or to book your session today.