Adipose: Of or relating to fat.
Positivity: Characterized by or displaying acceptance or affirmation.
The Adipositivity Project aims to promote the acceptance of benign human size variation and encourage discussion of body politics, not by listing the merits of big people, or detailing examples of excellence (these things are easily seen all around us), but rather through a visual display of fat physicality. The sort that's normally unseen.
The hope is to broaden definitions of physical beauty. Literally.
The women you see in these images are educators, executives, mothers, musicians, professionals, performers, artists, activists, clerks, and writers. They are perhaps even the women you've clucked at on the subway, rolled your eyes at in the market, or joked about with your friends.
This is what they look like with their clothes off.
Some are showing you their bodies proudly. Others timidly. And some quite reluctantly. But they all share a determination in altering commonly accepted notions of a narrow and specific beauty ideal.
Bookmark adipositivity.com and check back often, as new photographs are added regularly(ish). And please help spread the word about The Adipositivity Project. Part fat, part feminism, part "fuck you."
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Substantia Jones is the founder of and photographer for the photo-activism campaign, The Adipositivity Project, and runs both SmileSizeist.com and UppityFatty.com. She has spoken about body politics on NPR, Sirius/XM, and The Pacifica Radio Network, as well as on radio stations in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She's also the producer and host of the four-part radio series PolitiSIZE on WBAI-FM in New York City. She’s contributed to books by Random House, Seal Press, Ten Speed Press, and Vignette, and lectures annually on her photography at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York City. Substantia is also curator of the Body Image Channel at Waywire.com.
Her award-winning photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US East Coast, and has appeared internationally in and on such outlets as CNN, Telemundo, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Jezebel, The Feminist Press, Bust Magazine, The Daily Mail, Feministing, Columbia Spectator, AOL News, Time Out New York, The Utne Reader, Volup2 Magazine, Sociological Images, Viz, Alila Magazine, iVillage, Diva Magazine (UK), The Huffington Post, Refinery29, BUST Magazine, UOL (Brazil), and VICE News.
In 2006, she was biographied in Who’s Who in America, though under the name her momma gave her. She lives in Manhattan where she hosts a weekly music radio show, wedges Monty Python quotes into inappropriate places, and spends an alarming amount of time gazing at clouds.
Substantia's available to throw money at, whether for speaking engagements, photo gigs, or simply to help keep the parade of naked fat ladies marching on.
You may reach her at email@example.com.
CLICK HERE FOR THE NAKED FAT LADIES! And dudes. And transpeople. And couples.
ADIPOSITIVITY PRINTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Kindly read this before buying prints...
Not all images are available in all sizes. (This’ll be clearer when you start poking around the site.) And some images, mostly older ones, are not good candidates for print, usually due to resolution. So to maintain quality, I’ve chosen not to offer those as prints. I know. Sadface. But there are hundreds of others available.
No, there will be no text or watermark on your finished print.
There are a handful of images available as prints which haven’t been seen before, and some alternate takes of others you have seen. Don’t be alarmed.
Just as beauty comes in all sizes and shapes, my images also refuse to conform to the cookie cutter. Rather than allow the print technicians to re-crop these photos to more fully fit standard print sizes, I’ve selected the “fit” option, meaning the entire image will appear in the print. In many cases, this will result in white borders on two sides. To get more bang for your buck, I recommend clicking on “view all products” in the lower right corner of the chosen image’s page, then select one of the “best fit” options offered on the following page. You’ll see a list of the wisest size offerings for your print. Select one and add the print to your cart. Then hit “view cart,” and when you click on the image, you’ll be shown exactly what the finished print will look like, borderwise. If you’d then like to try on other sizes, hit “change” in the upper left, and see how the image fits in different size prints. Yes, this is a bit more time consuming, but I think it’s worth it. In the words of Erykah Badu, I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit.
Once the print is yours, you may crop it any way you like. Shred it and line the cat box with it, even. The print is yours to do with as you will. But not the image. Standard copyright laws apply, and reproduction or publishing without first obtaining licensing is considered yoinking. Don’t Tosh me, man.
I’m offering a variety of photo papers from which you may choose, several mounting options and a few non-hideous frames. If I may further Badu you, I highly recommend a simple frame with glass and wide white or off-white matting, cut to fit the image, not the paper. Custom framing can be spendy, but you’ll likely be happier with the result, particularly if the image is a non-standard size.
Assorted currencies are accepted, and we’re rockin’ the global shipping. Know anyone whose walls need fattening up? Give 'em a heads-up, why don't ya?
So go! Have at it! Eat them up yum! This'll take you straight to the print sale gallery: http://theadipositivityproject.zenfolio.com/prints