Naked women on the internet are as plentiful as ants at a picnic. And the majority of them are pert little girls airbrushed and photoshopped to death, making them look like they are the hottest thing since photography began.
But we all know that ‘real’ women don’t all look like that, especially if you are middle-aged, a mother and single, and a work many hours to make her home comfortable for herself and her child (still living at home while she decides which college career she wants to pursue).
The boobs go south, the leg fat shake more often, the butt moves in a different direction and hair begins to grow in places we once made fun of — well, at least I’ve heard [*cough*]
Well finally someone has given us ‘normal’ women a place on the internet (and in a book). It’s called the Nu Project and it is a beautiful website full of naked women who are not in the Playboy category.
The Nu Project, a collection of nude photographs shot by Minneapolis photographer Matt Blum, seeks to add some variety to the mix.
Blum started The Nu Project in 2005 but said it really took off when his wife, Katy Kessler, became the project’s editor. Blum sees the photos as filling a void.
“When I started shooting nudes there was no project like it,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. “The things that I had seen either used models with typical model bodies or average people who were made to look extremely unimpressive. I figured there was a way to treat women (of any size/shape) like models and photograph them beautifully, respectfully without a lot of sexual under or overtones.”
The women photographed are all volunteers, and most of the pictures are taken in the subjects’ homes – where they feel most comfortable. The Nu Project’s website showcases six galleries of nudes, three shot in North America, three in South America.
“The hardest part for us is that the project is 100 percent volunteer, so I do not see the women until I show up at their door,” Blum writes on the website. “We’re doing our best to encourage all types of women, but we need volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life to make the project more complete.”
Blum said he ultimately hopes that these images inspire the women who see them to feel better about their own bodies. “It’s been really exciting to hear people react to the images,” he told HuffPost. “We get a lot of feedback from women (especially) who have struggled to see themselves as beautiful, and this project has helped them on that path.”