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in the next weeks I will update this place with several photo shots for the Italian Fashiondesigner Augusto Diamanti from Rome. The model is new and for the average taste she is definitely too thin. Specially with the ongoing debate about Eating Disorders in the modelbussiness.
There is always a lot of pressure and opinion building from the media on this topic. In the same magazine you find articles about a public persons or a stars considered as  too thin and " anorexic" and next to it  you find commercials for dieting . And  in the next issue they use an other foto of a former " too thin" person that shows her bigger, with the headline " OMG why has she become so fat? Is she unhappy?....etc.

In my opinion theater, cinema opera, ballet and also fashion (specially Haute Couture) are all about dreams and imagination and fantasy. They show unreal persons, cinderellas, faries, aliens, vampires, catwomen and superheroes, we normal people dream about.It makes our normal lives more colourful. Also very thin fashion models dressed in wonderful dresses and mystical settings give us this unreal moments for our fantasy. no one will ever become like that in real life. We never will look like a Cinerella fly like Tinkerbell,or Peter Pan or be a Catwoman in real life. But many people, also because of the modern paralell world of internet, drop intoo a virtual world, lead a virtual life, want to become like their fantasies to forget about their problems in real life. That is most worring.Because they do not get a manual sheet  how to use the advantages of fantasy, virtual world and dreams, without running danger in getting lost there , because there are no limits at all.

I see my extremely thin models, that apear in my pictures  as artists that express an atmosphere, a certain style of fantasy, that for some might be disturbing, for others fascinating,for some  maybe beautiful. We together the models and me develope also the settings. Definitely not everybodies thing. But nobdy can be everybodies darling.

But for everybody there should be a little space to breathe.
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thinka2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
well, if we dont get i mind, that erika is an ill anorexic girl, she has an interesting body. so much effects of light and shadow, very interesting. im not a photographer but i think its a interesting work to make a shoting with her ...
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thinka2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
... media is just and only selling dreams !!! and i dont stand the controverse of "too thin" & "too fat" too.
thats disgusting.
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alienhunny Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I'm glad you explained the purpose of your photos. Still, I have to disagree with you that the models are healthy. The human body is simply not healthy in that condition---it is in a starving state where the heart is being damaged severely. Sorry, I just say all this because I know a little biology.
I also seriously doubt that many of the models don't have an eating disorder. Very few people who are this thin are that way without some underlying problem. I don't mean to disparage anyone.
The images you have produced are highly disturbing, and I'm not sure they do anything positive for ED's.
Just my two cents....:blackrose:
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boneskine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Artist
Hi, thank you for your comment, I also agree with you to a certain point. Maybe, or definitly it is unhealthy and dangerous , to be thin like that. Certainly in most cases. But many other stages of life, and forms of living are unhealthy too. And nobody mentions about. (smokers, gymnasts, wresslers,contortionists,) But my approach to this topic is a different one, that does not focus on medical status. It is not my intention to do anything positive or negative for ED.There is , I know a lot of misery and suffering in this community. My intention is to try to separate all that what I do from the actual ED discussion and try to look at it with other eyes. I think, if we succeed to separate all these "skinny way of living" philosophy from mass media and mainstream pressure that tells the young kids how they have to be, or to look like and just sell thin living as a small part in our lives that some people share, like on the other end of the spectrum others share beeing big in a plus size comunity, it would allow an easier living for everybody. I dont know if that is possible in a world that is dominated by public opinion that covers every other individual thought like a heavy blancet, but..... it is a try and worth discussing it.

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alienhunny Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I think I understand to some extent what you are saying about the purpose of your photos....

It's just hard for me to look at an emaciated body, especially with pretty makeup & clothes, and not think, "Is this glorifying anorexia?" That is my first reaction. But then I think, "Is this meant to show how absurd our culture's perspectives on weight is?"
I think no matter what your purpose is, there is the strong tendency to look at the women in your photos as women who desperately need help. It's the human reaction to them (instead of just seeing them as a model) that makes the photos disturbing. Personally when I look at them it brings a lot of sadness, because honestly, they remind me of photos of people starving during war.
I don't know--I just hope you are not doing these for the "shock value" of them.
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boneskine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Artist
I am not doing this for the shockvalue. definitely not. I for myself see these pictures only from the esethic side. Why this is so´that I find that beautiful, I still try to figure it out , but I don´t know. You can read a little bit abuot that in my profile text.
I know that many peaople feel sad when they see emaciated persons. Off course we emediately draw a line to 2nd world war horrors, bangladesh, africa, cancer and aids.
Emaciation has become a totally negative symbol, for all that what it stands for. And the natural reaction of an empathic person is, to " give that starving girl a burger".
Actually there is the point there I want to begin with my discussion. There are samples in history where people starved by their own will for different reasons. The fasting saints, hindu saints, for meditation, in old china for esthetic reasons, and so on. And still today some find such fragile figures atractive and beautiful, as others tend to very big people on the other side. Both is not the average opinion, but it is and has always existed.
In my opinion , if our society would accept that, by tolerating all human forms, giving a much larger band-withe to the definition of what is beautiful, it would also be easier for people who suffer an eating disorder not to thrive for an extremely skinny bodyform.If we had rolemodels that are big, medium skinny and skeletal, tall and small... Besides most of those who suffer an ED don´t have this disease because fashion models have become so skinny. They have it becaus of modern family problems, divorces, violence, sexual abuse by relatives, pressure to have success in our egoistic society.
Well I hope you can agree to a certain point. thanks peter
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thinka2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
by the way, in germany we said: atractivity is in viewers mind (schönheit liegt im auge des betrachters)
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alienhunny Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Yes, I finally understand where you are coming from.
Thanks for talking with me. :hug:
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Kremina Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
I love the way you've put this. I believe that every body type has their 'market' so to say. In some places, the fantasy -is- being larger. In others, it is this extreme skinniness. Every body can be unreal and amazing to someone; Every body is art somewhere.
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boneskine Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you, that is exactly what I wanted to express.
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