"Many times, I have been completely thrown when I learned something new about someone I thought I knew." 


I have always been fascinated by the notion that people are far more than what they appear to be and what they present to others. Many times, I have been completely thrown when I learned something new about someone I thought I knew. I am intensely curious about the hidden parts of people that they hide from general view, so when I first heard about this project, the idea really resonated with me. It got me thinking about what I hide from the people I know. I decided to take part to see how it would feel to show off parts of me that I normally keep to myself.  


I am by no means a shy person, but like everyone I have parts of my body that I don't like and will always try to hide, or fix. I took up running a few years ago and I lost a lot of weight. I hate that I went so skinny and I try to hide it with the clothes that I wear. So the idea of appearing completely naked in public and letting someone take pictures was a little unnerving, but I figured, you only live once and maybe I'll learn something. At the very least, I figured I would have an interesting story to tell the grandkids!


I was nervous on the day of the shoot, especially as I walked down the stairs in my apartment at the beginning, with no clothes on. The thing that really surprised me was how after 30 seconds, it felt completely normal. I was able to chat away while making a cup of tea! I wasn't expecting it to be so normal. I really enjoyed doing some of the things I normally do, these everyday tasks seemed more intimate, more personal. Afterwards I felt lighter, like I had got something off my chest. Ironically I think exposing myself taught me that revealing hidden parts of myself doesn't necessary leave me feeling exposed.











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