Taryn spreads ‘love your body’ mes­sage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

TARYN Brumfitt’s life has taken a cou­ple of un­ex­pected turns in re­cent years.

The former pho­tog­ra­pher and mother of three went vi­ral on the in­ter­net in 2013 when she posted a be­fore and af­ter im­age of her­self on Face­book in a bid to boost the self-con­fi­dence of a cou­ple of mates.

The in­ter­net lit up to the “be­fore” photo of her sport­ing a toned body in a bikini, next to a taste­ful nude “af­ter” photo of her­self af­ter she had given up the health kick and gained a few ex­tra ki­los.

Her point was that she was hap­pier with her body and her­self when the “af­ter” photo was taken.

Now she is a doc­u­men­tary di­rec­tor and body im­age am­bas­sador spread­ing sto­ries of di­verse, strong women and com­bat­ing the “air­brushed” de­pic­tion of women.

Brumfitt spoke to Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group last week ahead of a sold out Q&A screen­ing of her doc­u­men­tary, Em­brace, in Leed­erville. Brumfitt said she went with the flow. “I never worked in the me­dia; for 10 years I worked as a pho­tog­ra­pher,” she said.

“That’s where I came to em­brace be­ing creative and now I’m a di­rec­tor, ap­par­ently. “I’ve learnt to never say never.” Brumfitt said she could not sit idle once she re­alised she could help make a dif­fer­ence for oth­ers.

“I guess there’s been a cer­tain sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity; when you learn some­thing you know can help other peo­ple, you just have to do some­thing with that in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

“And in terms of hat­ing my body then learn­ing to love my body, it was like win­ning the golden ticket. And so many peo­ple are look­ing ev­ery­where but within to find that place of ac­cep­tance and un­con­di­tional love.”

Em­brace is re­leased Au­gust 4.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d457337

Em­brace doc­u­men­tary film­maker Taryn Brumfitt is in town for a Q&A screen­ing.

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