My Body: A Series Intro

by Barbara Powell

A visual and poetic celebration of women and their bodies, held sacred in a time of healing and truth-telling. The stories and images they reveal are linked to expose a shared vulnerability.

My body is mine. Not for the pleasure of others. It is a vibrant life within a skin I am happy in.  (photos/Christopher Rossing)

My body is mine. Not for the pleasure of others. It is a vibrant life within a skin I am happy in.
(photos/Christopher Rossing)

These women, like most, have experienced trauma. This trauma may be sexual. It may be physical or verbal. It may be rooted in patriarchal abuse and it may be triggered by acts of oppression. It may be linked to historical trauma. It may have emerged from a difficult childhood or taken rise in adolescence or even adulthood.

Trauma is not their whole story or their whole being.

We’ve chosen this series to enunciate the personal power of resilient women who grow greater than their trauma. This series celebrates each individual woman: her unique strengths, beauty, honesty, and reality. The collection of photography and self-curated writing reveals an expressed comfort, connection, and love of her body. These women are unafraid to share that comfort, connection, and love in a creative way.

This is the unified voice of healing. We are honored to share these stories and to share her unique,  expressive image of self-love with all our readers.

Black and white photography is an homage to the past. Taking these present-day photographs in black and white allow the woman to instate her power in a timeless way. It allows us to truly “see” the reality of each woman without the distraction of color. Because we are so used to seeing in color, this black and white photography allows us to pause and see just a little bit more.

See what each woman wants you to see. ♦

Editor’s note: For more information about how to be a part of the My Body series, email Barbara: barbara@notquitesunday.com