It’s kind of weird. I think of being naked as so normal, so comfortable and natural. It’s rarely sexual unless I make it that way. Everyone may have seen me naked before, but it’s a controlled-naked, it’s not even vulnerable-naked. I’ve always seen it as defiant-naked, strong-naked, dgaf-naked. It can become desirable-naked, or seductive-naked, but it’s still only what I make it. I have agency over the intentions that come from my body; it’s why I take self-portraits, and rarely model unless it’s for someone who understands the importance of this agency.
I love my naked body like few other things in the world. It is mine, to do with as I please. It carries me through this life and has allowed me many things I didn’t expect. It changes and morphs into new versions of itself and I love all of them. I decorate her with tattoos and take her out dancing. I could never be ashamed or embarrassed of her. My naked body is not all I am, but she is an equal part of that whole that makes up the best of me. I can only be what I am, and my body keeps all of that safe and hidden. I’m not exposed or exploited when I am naked. That would be applying someone else’s expectations onto my body, and she hates that. It only makes me more defiant. When I am naked I am not brave or vulnerable or there for you. When I am naked, I am divine.

It’s kind of weird. I think of being naked as so normal, so comfortable and natural. It’s rarely sexual unless I make it that way. Everyone may have seen me naked before, but it’s a controlled-naked, it’s not even vulnerable-naked. I’ve always seen it as defiant-naked, strong-naked, dgaf-naked. It can become desirable-naked, or seductive-naked, but it’s still only what I make it. I have agency over the intentions that come from my body; it’s why I take self-portraits, and rarely model unless it’s for someone who understands the importance of this agency.

I love my naked body like few other things in the world. It is mine, to do with as I please. It carries me through this life and has allowed me many things I didn’t expect. It changes and morphs into new versions of itself and I love all of them. I decorate her with tattoos and take her out dancing. I could never be ashamed or embarrassed of her. My naked body is not all I am, but she is an equal part of that whole that makes up the best of me. I can only be what I am, and my body keeps all of that safe and hidden. I’m not exposed or exploited when I am naked. That would be applying someone else’s expectations onto my body, and she hates that. It only makes me more defiant. When I am naked I am not brave or vulnerable or there for you. When I am naked, I am divine.

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The insanely talented Katie West and I are raising funds for our next collaboration by selling prints from our previous shoots!

PRINT SALE: WEEK 3

"The Salton Sea Collection"
This week’s Print Sale features 5 images from Katie’s second trip in 2009.  We spent a full week shooting photos around my house and down at the Salton Sea.  
Starting today, these two prints will be available for pre-order through Sunday, June 18th, at midnight.
Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Supra matte paper, each 8x12 inch print comes signed and numbered by both myself and Katie.
Order Options:
Option 1:  One print   -  $40
Option 2:  2 prints - $60
Option 3:  3 or more prints - $25/ea
All Prints, and custom polaroid - $150
(Custom Polaroids will be shot during the signing of prints and come signed with your name by Katie.)
Domestic shipping and handling is $10, International is $20.
To pre-order your prints via Paypal, use chadmichaelward@gmail.com as the payee address.  
Other methods of payment are available.  Contact me directly at chadmichaelward@gmail.com for more information on purchasing via credit card or check.
Please note:  All print orders will be fulfilled at the end of July.