From the Editor Suzanne Boyd
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.