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Body image is something that almost everyone deals with. Whether male or female, young or old, it is hard to escape the mainstream ideals on what is defined as the perfect body. The problem that today’s generation faces is that we are absolutely saturated in beauty. With almost every turn, on almost every channel, you are confronted with this idea of beauty and what it means or takes to achieve the ideal body. You no longer see yourself as you are, but as you hope to be. And you are not alone. We all deal with this need, this desire to be better; shinier hair, whiter teeth, slimmer waist, longer legs, more tanned, more toned, six pack (or is it now an eight pack?), bigger biceps, smaller nose, smoother skin…should I continue?
Yes, these ads and music videos with ‘perfect bodied’ people are definitely not hard to look at. They are sexy and fun, they transport us into another life, another world where we can (no, we are!) just like them. And that is all good, for the moment. Until we close the magazine, change the channel or walk past that larger than life poster; we are then left with ourselves, obsessing over what we could be. All I’m trying to say is that we all have the ability to start accepting who we are, as we are. Granted, the ‘want to’ may always be there…let’s just try and get ourselves away from the ‘need to’.
To everyone out there, have a great New Year! And to all the photojournalists/photo-reporters/documentary photographers that are out there right now, risking their lives (at times) to follow a calling that help the rest of the world see what most cannot or choose not to, I hope this year brings you more inspiration and courage to continue on your paths.
Morocco is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. No matter where I traveled through while in Morocco, one thing was constant; animals everywhere! Whether it’s a flock of hungry ‘gulls on the Essaouiran port, show-monkeys on display in any major market square, or the hoards of cats that seem to dominate all of the medina’s in the country, you are bound to cross paths with at least a few species. This series is in honour of those rambunctious, cute, (sometimes) annoying and very persistent creatures that call Morocco their home; whether wild or tame, these animals stole my heart.