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Embodied

Photos taken By Leigh Righton, a Vancouver based portrait photographer who recently launched a collaborative project called EMBODIED that allowed her to explore the relationships we have to our bodies and to encourage a positive shift in perspective. The first photo is of the installation on display. Click to see larger.

About these photos: The concept behind Embodied was intended to celebrate the human body and the ways we are each unique. I photographed roughly 30 participants who allowed me to turn my camera to a part (or parts) of their body that that they had struggled with in some way. To some this was an opportunity to share aesthetic vulnerability, to others it meant disclosing physical ailments or chronic pain. Each subject was also asked to submit a hand written explanation of their relationship with the area photographed. While this installation was created to honor and showcase the infinite variety in the human form, for some there was also an unexpected therapeutic outcome as I watched self-criticism give way to acceptance and ultimately appreciation. 

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10 comments on “Embodied

  1. Agatha-luise
    August 19, 2012

    Thank you for these photographs Leigh Righton. They do inspire and affect me.

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    • Leigh Righton
      August 20, 2012

      Thank you for taking the time to look and for the kind words. I’m so happy to see this piece and the stories reach people who it connects with. All the best!

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  2. marleyjagar
    August 19, 2012

    Stunning…

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  3. marleyjagar
    August 19, 2012

    Reblogged this on Ambivalence Personified and commented:
    Beautiful…

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    • Leigh Righton
      August 20, 2012

      Thank you for sharing the piece to your audience as well, I appreciate the support.

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  4. eof737
    August 19, 2012

    These are terrific… provocative too. ;-)

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  5. PAZ
    August 21, 2012

    Beautiful!

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  6. candaceworldwide
    August 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on candaceworldwide and commented:
    After racking my brain and abusing Google for hours (even e-mailing my art TA), trying to think of which photographer reminded me of Leigh Righton’s EMBODIED project, I realized (or Google helped me realize) it was Anne Noggle. I studied Anne Noggle’s work in my Art Studio 7A class with Kip Fullbeck spring of 2012. The class was amazing. Besides that point, the photograph that always stuck with me was Noggle’s “Face Lift 3”. It’s not so much the photograph’s aesthetic appeal that attracted me but rather the explanation and analysis Kip offered. Noggle did what many would never imagine doing: showing her imperfections being perfected. The admittance of a facelift is almost unheard (unless you’re watching a season of Real Housewives). But the fact that Anne was brave enough to show the world the process of her facelift truly spoke to me and that, to me, is what a true artist does. Exposes him or herself in a vulnerable state that anyone and everyone can relate to. In Anne Noggle’s case, it’s age. We are all aware with age comes wrinkles aka imperfections to the body. But with age also comes insecurity. It is evident that Noggle took this snapshot to prove the point that everyone suffers from insecurity and the desire to fit the mold of youth and perfection.
    I stumbled upon Leigh Righton’s EMBODIED project with the help of WordPress’s explore application under photography. This project is amazing beyond words. Each photograph speaks differently about the body, mind, and time and how various people have come to accept and love their body. Righton and Noggle both relate in the aspect that they both address the insecurity that comes with age. While carefully looking at each aspect of the EMBODIED project, I realized that the confessions shown are truths in which many people struggle with, including myself. I wish I could perfectly describe with words of how much I appreciated this project. I wish I could’ve seen the project in person! Thanks Leigh Righton.

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  8. Ili
    August 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on pohon bintang and commented:
    I love the Idea, concept and the beautiful artwork. Thumbs up !

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