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Nov 30, 1999, 12:00:00 AM
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corset. by sophiaazhou corset. by sophiaazhou
corset (n.): a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, esp. by women, to shape and support the body;

but also

(v.): to regulate strictly; constrict

imposed by society.

model/photographer/editing: me
I'm a little nervous about submitting this, so please be kind...


but remember:

only you can define yourself. :heart:

after much deliberation, I've decided to make the efforts in digging out the original file from my external backup files and edit out the closet door background. it was just too distracting and pedestrian. I tried my best to keep my body and the photo's color as it was, and hope that you guys will still enjoy this piece. it's definitely one I'm most proud of. :]

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Original and with well chosen colors, the image immediately impresses the viewer. It's different and powerful. The body shapes and the constricted skin are not something you see everyday and prove of an interesting concept. The first thing your eyes fall upon is the faint contrast between the tape measure and the skin. The small wrinkles it leaves suggest pain and an imposed limit.
To me, the image can be interpreted two folds: You can either see the pain which was inflected or see the beauty the model is trying to achieve.

The color range is well chosen, without extra colors and thus lets the viewer focus on the subject. I also like the light in the photo because it leaves no burnt or too dark areas.
The shadows in the corners create a more mysterious atmosphere and help framing the subject. The only corner which is not in shadow works somehow complementary with the models hair strand :)

As a whole, I find the concept in the image amazing, having a great realization and nice story to it.
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This photography is perfect, and the thing making this to the goal of perfection is your title: "corset". When I looked at it I immidiatly thought about the reality shows we watch on tv. The movies at the cinema and the tv-shows. I thought about almost every woman in the media world. How they make us believe that the more thin you are, the more beautiful you are. Which is a lie. But still even through most women know it is a lie they still wish to become thiner and more beautiful. Even if we have to wear a corset to acchieve the goal. But not many wear a corset the day today, so how do we measure our self? With measuring tape of course. That is how we figure out our size in clothes, and perfection to a lot of people today is size 0, or as close to it as it gets. But the thing is beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and I think you know that. So great job. I love the subject / theme, and for me this is the perfect imperfection of humanbeings, so no bad critique from me!
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BorrisBlack Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This is one of the best images and concepts on this site well done ;)
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
thank you very, very much! I'm very happy you think so. :thanks:
Composing-Hallelujah Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh my, that is beautiful <3
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
thank you very, very much. :heart:
TheSaneInInsanity Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is one of the finals in my corset contest ^^
Please feel free to look at the final contest journal [link]

The first round is running now, so please feel free to vote ^^
and please also vote when the other polls come even though if you are waiting on your round or did not win the first round or are waiting on the final round ^^ And you may please tell your friends about the voting especially when it is yours art's turn to be voted ^^
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
cool! :aww:
TheSaneInInsanity Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zessinna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello. The photo is amazing, and beautiful, I loved how it seems you are talking about the "need" to be skinny.

But as a corset wearer, I find your little quote "imposed by society" to be misinformed and slightly offending.

Women and men today wear corsets not because someone told them too. You physically can not make a person wear a corset. People where them because they want to.

Corsets have been for decades been used in the same way as bras are today. They weren't imposed on anyone. Is it just that now, they are replaced with less restrictive clothing. In fact, in the past, men were completely against corsets because they believed it caused hysteria (bullcrap).

Now, I love your photo, it really is beautiful, but the last line of your caption is incorrect.
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thanks so much!

I'm sorry you're offended; I wear corsets too and it's because I like them very much!

When I said "imposed by society", it is referring not to the noun definition of the word, but the verb definition: to corset is "to regulate strictly, to constrict", and I feel very much that the media of many developed societies regulates many individuals' (especially that of girls and women) perceptions of what is beautiful and how one "should" look, and that look tends to be a thin body that many can only achieve through constricting themselves. I think the evidence is clear if you look through any US beauty/fashion magazine or tabloid: there's a bizarre obsession with weight and striving to be thin. It can be suffocating if you are one to be swayed by societal definitions of what's the acceptable, the "normal". I do, however, think that the media is shifting slightly for the better; I think there's at least an equal amount of focus on being healthy and feeling good in one's body, whatever shape it is and however it looks (or so I'd like to believe, but I don't read these magazines anyway, so I can't be sure). But then, I'd like to point out that I created this photo 5 years ago: a lot has changed since then, and it's mostly good!

In short, I'm really happy you enjoy the aesthetics of my photo, and I'm sorry you're offended. I think you misunderstood my caption (I can be a bit enigmatic about my descriptions sometimes), but if you didn't and are still offended, then I am sorry because I didn't make the photo to offend anyone. It was simply an opinion of something I observed at the time. Everyone should have their own opinions, sometimes messages get lost in translation, and not everyone agrees with each other, but these are all inevitable so it's all cool. :)
RavenEvanescence02 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful. However, Corsets were never 'imposed by society' women have worn corsets because THEY wanted to. Men were actually very much against corsets.
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