Posted: 02 December 2014 Updated: 16 December 2017
Waist-to-hip ratio: a canvas for exploring issues
Series of photographs exploring different issues by using the waist-hip ratio as a tool.
Photography is a lie
Use different crop techniques to show that the apparent ratio can be manipulated
Manipulate the appearance by minimizing the waist
Manipulate the appearance by increase hips
Why girls hate their stomach
Show that the waist-hip ratio disappears when looking at a girl from the side
Worse, the ratio gets inverted because the stomach is naturally larger than the pelvis
Compare thin girls to larger girls, but all with 2/3 ratio
Compare girls that have the same waist size but different hip sizes. Show that 1/1 ratio (like on “supermodels” is not the most attractive)
.7 is the key number
Standardize how to measure it.
Show a series where everyone is the same ratio, but the hips are getting bigger
Show a series where everyone is the same ratio, but the waist is getting smaller
Series: same ratio, but breast size is variable
Use mirrors to show multiple angles of the same model at the same time
But getting the right depth of field will be very difficult, I should practice or calculate before getting an actual model
If age and ethnicity are apparent from my photos, I should try to have a variety
Same ratio but different levels of skinniness, from bony to chunky
I guess there are two broad things I want to explore:
Researchers have a good understanding of what waist-to-hip ratio people consider to be the most attractive and how it can vary by culture. I want to make art that makes that research accessible to the general public.
There are a lot of ways to manipulate the appearance of the ratio, especially in photography, and I want to show people what some of those illusions are, and maybe they will learn to see through the lies.