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Arrested Movement - A body positive photo series of men by Anthony Patrick Manieri
In recent years, the push to include the issue of body positivity awareness into the mainstream conversation has been acknowledged in the media as a woman’s issue, but it is a human issue. Men should be included in the same narrative; creating a unifying dialogue about loving and accepting ourselves, and with that, helping to create a ripple effect in the awareness of social consciousness.
As a professional photographer working in fashion and portrait photography, Anthony Patrick Manieri noticed that many of his clients mentioned parts of their bodies that they were not truly conformable with, and should be hidden or photo-shopped in the final image. More and more this was the male subject who was talking in this way. We as a society are bombarded from an early age with what is considered to be beautiful and acceptable through television, movies, advertising and the dominant juggernaut of social media via our computers and smartphones. All causing negative affects on our self-esteem, telling us we are not perfect and we need to change.
Arrested Movement is an inclusive awareness initiative and portrait series celebrating and promoting positive body image for men. It focuses on men of all races, smooth or hairy, from thin and tall to large and short, men with physical disabilities, transgender men, as well as two-spirited men.
Manieri holds space on set for these men, allowing them to feel empowered, looking for a moment where the soul comes through, then stopping time when their authentic self meets his eye and the shutter of his camera. A celebratory moment of self-joy, self-empowerment and self-acceptance is captured. The freedom that many of these men experience bubbles out and often overwhelms them.