Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen

PhotographerErica Simone
PrizeBronze in Fine Art / Nudes
Entry Description

'Nue York: Self-Portraits of a Bare Urban Citizen' is a self- portrait project that bloomed from an initial questioning about clothing and the importance of fashion in modern society. What we wear acts as a silent language allowing us to portray who we are or want to be, suggesting to the outer world an impression on us—whatever that may be. Fashion tends to segregate us as well as adapt us into various social categories, also helping us communicate our moods. New York City is a fashion mecca, where image and stature reign the streets. As I watch an image-absorbed society care more about the sales at Barney’s than the homeless people they ignore as they parade by, I began to ponder: “What would the world feel like naked? What if we didn’t have clothing to come in between us? Or if we couldn’t show off our social status? What if all we had were our bodies to express our personalities?” These questions raised many various issues and these issues raised many various questions. “How have we evolved so far away from our utmost primary state of being that it is actually against the law to be nude in public?” Naked is who we are and who we come into the world as. 'Nue York'‬ is equally a movement about being comfortable with who you are as a person, with your body, your mind and your role in society. It's about being free from the confinements of societal's expectations and the media's projections.

About Photographer

I grew up between LA, Paris and NYC and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology.