Our backs are a source of strength, protection, and flexibility in movement. Our backs are also a source of pain and weakness. We are blind to our backs when looking forward–even into a mirror, we can never see the full surface of this “other side.” And there is always that one spot on our backs that we can’t quite maneuver our arm at the right angle to itch.
This series is founded on one essence of the back that I find most peculiar: its intimacy. Showing one’s back to another person is allowing that person sight to and knowledge of a secret part of oneself that not even s/he is completely privy to. It’s a sign of trust, confidence, affection, and acceptance. It’s a level of vulnerability that doesn’t need to be addressed to be felt. And, as you will see proof of below, it’s attractive and unique.
Open-back wardrobe is trending as of late, but asking people to take their shirts off in the dead of winter is no easy feat. This series, consisting of ages ranged from 18-26, highlights and exposes arguably the most supportive part of the human body.
Originally published on March 15, 2015