Feeling Unedited


The prompt for this week’s Sinful Sunday is “Unedited”. I didn’t expect a prompt to cause me to feel all sorts of uncomfortable emotions, but it sure did. I think I have come to see my pictures and my photography as an artform, in opposition to the sort of nudes I used to send to partners. I love being able to edit pictures, to use different lightening, to us filters. I can only do so much to create a certain atmosphere with a setting and light. So when I read the prompt, I was kind of pushed back into the old mindset: how can I look the best without actually showing the bad parts of me?

Because I couldn’t edit away tired eyes, nor could I shift the focus of the picture away from the parts of my body that I dislike the most. I felt like stuck in old thoughts and patterns of body hatred and body disgust. I pushed through though. I tried many different settings, took hundreds of pictures. Pushed through. I met a skunk in the dark and decided that taking nightly pictures in the dark with a flash was too dangerous of an endeavor.

So I went with something that is very close to the sort of nudes I used to take. It doesn’t really represent where I stand with my photography and for a lack of a better word, modelling, at the moment. But I can stand behind this picture because it seems to represent the transition period that I am in right now: I still hold on to old ideas of negative body image, while I am starting to see that my body doesn’t necessarily need to be beautiful in the conventional sense, to be be part of a creative process.

Sinful Sunday

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25 Responses

  1. You never fail to please, DS. I felt the same way as you when approaching this prompt.

  2. This is a wonderfully framed soft but sexy shot. I completely get you with the enjoying editing of images. I even like doing it for other people too. But I hope you love this photograph because it’s gorgeous.
    Missy x

    • Thank you so much, Missy. Editing is definitely half of the fun of taking pictures for me, yes! I am okay with this picture, for sure, but well, I would have loved it more with an edit haha 😛

  3. No editing doesn’t mean no special lighting or filters or anything else. It merely means exactly what comes out of the camera. But this is lovely!

  4. You’re brave for taking this pictures and all the others you tried even though this prompt made you feel like this. Body image acceptance is so difficult and maybe impossible, fully. You captured a great sexy shot here and I’m glad you can stand behind this one

  5. Your pics always delight DS and this is another example of raw beauty. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

  6. Annabel Lee says:

    A great shot DS. I think you have done a fantastic job and produced a beautiful photo.

  7. Its never east to feel on show. You are fantastic and amazing for putting yourself out there even though you were made to feel slightly uncomfortable, something i can sure take inspiration from.

  8. sub-Bee says:

    I think I this is probably one of the hardest prompts I’ve ever done. Pushing our boundaries, especially when it comes to our own body image is a big ask and I think you did really well, this image is just beautiful.

  9. Molly says:

    I don’t think Annie has any idea how challenging this prompt would be for many people when she suggested it. I certainly didn’t when I wrote it up but then when it was posted it fast became obvious, not just from what others said but also from my own point of view. I have always said the prompt are optional and make of them what you feel comfortable with. I hope that despite it being really hard you feel like you got something positive out of the challenge. I think your image is stunning but having battled my own body image issues I can totally relate to your feelings.


    • Oh, for sure! I definitely found it interesting to push my limits a little. I am always up for a challenge and I am really glad that I did it! Thank you, Molly <3

  10. Lisa Stone says:

    You are awesome in everything: your body, your thoughts, your hesitations

  11. Sorry to hear this has been so hard for you, Devie. I always enjoy all your images, and I really like this one too xox

  12. Mary Wood says:

    you and the picture are wonderful and don’t need editing. definitely. I’m sure 😉

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