Oversized issue with more than 170 pages featuring: Matthew LaPierre, Photosensualis, Todd F. Jerde & Lady Ubel, Robert Pedersen, Joseph Szymanski, and Florin Ion Firimita
While working on this issue of Model Society Magazine, I was struck by a feeling of deep human connection that I see portrayed within each of the images. We didn’t purposefully put them together because they share this quality, but looking at them now it seems like we subconsciously selected and arranged them for this very reason. Each image has a commanding presence that compels the viewer to look beyond the surface, to dig deeper, to understand, and most of all to connect.
As I hold this publication in my hands and turn through the pages, there’s a sense of kinship and awe that feels significant and weighs heavily in my heart. For all our differences and conflicts, humans are creatures with a great capacity for beauty and understanding. Underneath any contrived appearances, we all want to be appreciated and wholeheartedly accepted. That’s exactly what I feel when I look at these images. An experience of intimacy and a wordless connection with others.
No matter how often I give myself the gift of exploring figurative fine art, I continually find myself surprised by its power. This art form reveals an intrinsic, yet often hidden embodiment of our shared humanity. At a glance these appear to be images of physical bodies, but if we grant them our full attention we see more than just faces, arms, or legs. We see energy, potential, intensity, spirit, capability – we see life itself.
Words rarely do justice to what we truly feel or experience. So when the essence of our experience is reflected in art, it’s overwhelmingly beautiful. To have your heart profoundly revealed and moved in this way is rare and it’s thrilling.
As you contemplate these images, we invite you to bring your full attention, open your mind, and explore what connections may be available for you as you contemplate the images of human beauty.
MODEL SOCIETY, EDITOR