The human body is beautiful…
From its duality of hard and soft, elegant lines, and ability to convey emotion without words. I strive to capture those emotions- strength, vulnerability, loneliness- through my male subjects. Everywhere, I feel our society's anxiety about our bodies, a shame with a strangle-hold upon us since the beginning of time. From the parable of Adam hiding his nakedness with the nature around him to you and I doing the same with clothing and fabrics. What is our relationship with those things that hide our mortification? Is that relationship affording us freedom, or subtly programming a deeper discomfort? What makes it so deeply ingrained in the human experience?
In these series I use a clean and classic style to lay bare "ideal" people experiencing emotions about their bodies just as each of us does.
I have been selective in making images that viewers can experience without feeling shocked or assaulted. I want to draw them in and start a conversation with them. First about their feelings on someone else's nakedness and in turn about their feelings on their own.
Matthew Finley is a photographer based in Los Angeles with a restless desire find new and meaningful ways to explore imagery and find a personal connection to both the process and the content.
Matthew Finley Stripped Down Published March 21, 2012