Shea Glover is an 18-year-old student at a performing arts high school in Chicago. She created an independent art project around the idea of beauty – asking her fellow students to allow her to take a photo of them. When they wondered why – she simply replied: “Because I am photographing things that I think are beautiful.”
The project became a social experiment halfway through. Which was not the original purpose “I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of people. I was simply filming beauty and this is the result.”
All of it, all of them, every face, every reaction reflects how unused we are to hearing how others perceive us. I think that being told you are beautiful, for many people, is the same as being told that you are loved. This will be the most splendid thing you see today, I promise.
And once you have watched that, watch this – Jonas Akerlund’s incredible video for Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.” An all time favourite.
(Dedicated to four of the most beautiful creatures I know: Hannah, Jasper, Emily and Riley Plum.)