With a new documentary out, photographer and activist Alexandra Schulze is putting her new book, Balanced Photography, to the test, examining the way women photograph their bodies and bodies of others.
Schulze, who has photographed women’s breasts and faces in many media outlets including Vanity Fair, GQ, and People, said she first became interested in the subject of balance in her 20s, when she discovered her friend, photographer Sarah Segal, was photographing herself with the subject on a bike.
After realizing she wasn’t seeing the right body, she thought about how the photos were taken and decided to do a documentary on the subject.
She said it was a way to explore the idea that balance and composition are key to achieving beautiful photographs.
“I thought, ‘If there’s anything I can do to help make the world a better place, it’s to have the camera on me,'” Schulz said.
With the documentary now available on DVD, Schulzes documentary has been screened in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Francisco.
She plans to shoot for a series of online and print magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily, as well as other websites and print publications.
She said she wants to be able to work on subjects like gender identity and body positivity.
“A lot of times, we are judged on the content we are exposed to,” she said.
“A lot has to do with how we look, and how we think about what we wear, and who we love.”
Schulzes first met Segal in 2012 when they both went to the same dance club in New Orleans.
She told her the first time they met, she didn’t know who she was.
“The only thing I could remember about her is that she looked so much like me.
I just assumed she was another woman, or she was a fat woman.
I didn’t realize that was her,” she recalled.
After seeing the photographs in the film, Schuselze said she decided to come forward and share her experience.
“It was really challenging to keep my identity a secret,” she added.
“You’re constantly judged on your appearance, your weight, your hair.
It’s so unfair.”
Schuselzes book, Balance Photography, explores how balance and photography have evolved over time, and she said it is also about the importance of balance as a way of looking at the world.
“Balance is a way for people to see the world differently and not be judged by the way they look,” she explained.
“It’s a way that we can all see the same beauty.
Balance is about the beauty in the world.”
Schuels book is available now.
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