"So as for now I see this as art. I see it as a release of positive creativity and an act to keep that spark of madness going."


When Kate told me about this project, I knew I wanted to take part. I liked the rawness of the project and how it challenged the boundaries and misconceptions associated with nudity in today's society.Just normal people doing normal things. Clothes were created to keep us warm not to hide something as natural as our own skin and bones. At what stage do we go from being young and carefree to awkward and embarrassed by our own bodies? In saying this, I myself was more nervous than I originally thought I would be when It came to crunch time.


I chose the beach for my shoot because, 1. I always liked the idea of being out in the open. 2. I wanted to push myself outside my comfort zone. That might sound strange, but I'm a firm believer in doing things that scare you in life so that you actually live rather than just exist.


Getting into the water initially was like a shock that jolted me into reality and I wont lie I began to question if should I go through with the process. But then I just lay there, floating, and the nerves just washed away. I became excited by the process and excited to see the finished product. I was surprised at how liberated I felt, like I achieved something. I overcame my own fears and nerves about revealing myself, my body and other people's opinions.


People kept asking me why I would want to do something like this. Why not? What if people see this and judge you for it? There's probably worse pictures of me on Facebook! What if you regret this in a few years? You can't live life waiting for the future and I believe you never regret something you've done, as something you never did because fear got the better of you. Then last week the sad death of Robin Williams surfaced a quote that really hit home; ''We are only given one spark of madness, we mustn't lose it.''


So as for now I see this as art. I see it as a release of positive creativity and an act to keep that spark of madness going. If it raises a few eyebrows on the way and challenges a few misconceptions, so be it.











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