From the Edi­tor Suzanne Boyd

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UN­CIVIL DIS­COURSE, pub­lic bul­ly­ing and vir­u­lent trolling are the de­fault setting for tone in this mo­ment of cul­tural di­vides. And it gets per­sonal with body sham­ing, a rich source of am­mu­ni­tion on the bat­tle­field – too thin, too fit, too fat, not fat enough and, yes, too old. “No one wants to see that” is the at­ti­tude when it comes to the ag­ing body, but what if that older per­son wants to be seen – in the fullest sense of the word?

In “Less Is More” (pg. 80), pho­tog­ra­pher Alkan Emin takes that fash­ion shoot trope – the clas­sic white shirt story – and tweaks it in the most el­e­men­tal sense with the white shirt be­com­ing a foil to the self-aware nu­dity of his 14 sub­jects. The di­verse group tells writer Leanne De­lap ex­actly why they chose to be pho­tographed nude at this pre­cise time in their lives. The rea­sons are af­fect­ing, re­lat­able and as in­di­vid­ual as the sub­jects and the mood of the photos – which range from pen­sive to joy­ous – them­selves. But the over­ar­ch­ing mes­sage I take and I hope you do, too, from the port­fo­lio is a pow­er­ful one. “Here I am, this is me and I like me just the way I am.” Words to grow old by in­deed. deed.

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