Photo Diary // Hug The Ground
by Ashleigh Benn on Feb 20, 2015
Warning: Blog post contains dreamy photos of naked beauties ;)
Madison McLerie has a way with capturing the human body, which is simply beautiful. Her website Hug The Ground showcases some of her work plus her beautiful writing skills go check it out!
I don't aim to 'redefine' beauty, but to create an environment where individuals can find the beauty in their current physical state and not feel the need to strive for a new body ideal.
We had a little chat with Madison and have included below some of our favourite photos in this weeks Photo Diary.
First up, how long have you been taking photos?
I've been taking photos for about 4 or 5 months, I picked up the canon 550d my Dad had lying around and went from there. I'd been playing around with basic point and shoot film cameras prior to that, but those photos were purely a fun way to document my adventures. If I'm honest I really have no idea what I'm doing or how to work a camera.
What are your plans for 2015? Are there any exciting collaborations happening for Hug The Ground?
I'm not very good at planning, so I'm really just taking it as it comes. I'm in the midst of trying to figure out a collaboration with a very talented girl an ocean away, I love that we live in a time where it's so easy to find and contact other creatives and work together without distance being an issue. In 2015 I hope to work on the technical side of photography, I have all the ideas I'm just not the best at executing them. I'm also focusing on incorporating more diversity into who I photograph, better representation of different bodies. This year has already proven to be a bit of a whirlwind and I'm beyond grateful for all the support and exposure I've already received.
Tell us some more about your 'Photo Booth Photo Shoot' series?
I don't know one girl with an overly positive body image, I felt compelled to address this in a way that was interactive and all inclusive. I also wanted to simultaneously explore the culture of nude selfies as something purely for the benefit of the person viewing it. It may seem an odd coping mechanism, but personally I find taking pictures of myself clad in lacey garments a huge boost when feeling negative. The photobooth series encouraged other girls to explore this, the response was some what surprising and I had multiple girls emailing me about the positive impact.
You're a writer too?
I'm horrendous at verbally expressing myself, I have a lot to say but I'm terrible at stringing together an effective sentence out loud. Writing allows me to sift through my thoughts and create a dialogue, I hope to create writing which is fair, not terribly bias and relatable.
One of your photos was featured on the Sticks & Stones photo comp right! That must have been SO exciting!
I love that Sticks & Stones features so many photographers, especially photographers who haven't yet made a name for themselves. I was beyond flattered that I made it into their top 5 of the recent competition. Hope to work with them in the future, they'll always be my go to place for inspiration. (Ainsley and Sebastien are a power couple and a half)
Who/what is your spirit animal?
I love all animals, I cant really chose. I've been known to cry at being overwhelmed at the sight of baby goats. If I had to chose, chickens, they were a defining influence in my transition to veganism and I owe them a lot.
You can find more on Madison McLerie on her website Hug The Ground or have a little stalk of her insta @hugtheground
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