Skin, Blood, and Bones

Writing by Isa Denney Strother // Photograph by Tiziana Gualano

To me, the human body is a work of art; each human being the exclusive owner and rights holder to their very own one-off work.

A body is a soul holder, a brain machine, an automobile for your thoughts, a printing press for your mind. Each body has infinite potential; it starts as a blank canvas and later can portray your whole aesthetic. It’s a comprehensive comic strip of you, staring the one and only you.

A body is a model; you can twist it into a multitude of shapes and give it a multitude of names. Dress it how you please, and ornament it with all the precious jewels in the world. It can be full of holes or covered in inks or paints.

To me a body is like a tree; it starts small and when you bury it in love, and rest it in the sun, you become the strong queen or king of plants you were born to be. A body is a home, a place for your spirit and mind to hide inside and shine out off.

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, which yes, is a cliche, but art is a cliche.

Bodies are imperfect, and that is the unique perfectness of each. I have freckles and uneven tans, and marks, and oily skin, and hair that doesn’t behave. A have a right to cover that up however I please, and it doesn’t make me ashamed or self-conscious. It just means I like it that way.

If you are painting for yourself, no one can tell you what to paint; if you are living for yourself, no one can tell you how to live.

There are thousands of individual styles and mediums for art; some are just a collage of other people’s works, and some are works a whole life in the making. Some are made of a series of lines on a page, never contacting, and some are just a fluid motion in one colour.

All bodies are beautiful and help to make up the bigger network, the gorgeous gallery of humanity; made of skin and blood and bone and all the pretty pieces of yourself.


Tiziana Gualano

Tiziana Gualano is a 23-year-old italian photographer who started photography when she was 16. She was born and raised in a town called Foggia, in the south of Italy. What fascinates Tiziana the most about photography is that with it she can be whomever she wants to be. Find her on Tumblr.

Isa Denney Strother

Isa is an American teen living in Christ Church, she dreams of living in Europe and making music. Her life is an adventure and there is always the option for, “Just one more,”.

2 responses to “Skin, Blood, and Bones

  1. This is a great piece and I totally agree. This is also a beautifully shot photograph, but I wish a piece with this theme could be accompanied by an image of a less mainstream female body type, or perhaps a series to showcase a wide range of beautiful bodies in different colors, sizes, and abilities. To be frank, the uneven tan lines and blemishes the author mentions are nowhere to be found in the accompanying photograph.

    1. Thanks for your comment Anonymiss. You might like to check out our many other articles to see we do use an array of body types, different coloured skin tones. Here is an example:

      Also I would like to mention that the artist we used for this photograph takes photos of girls of all sizes and the girl pictured is not a size 6. You can purchase our print magazine to see another one of her photos of a larger woman. And an array of body types that you mentioned.
      We also are committed to only using images that the artist themselves has given us permission to use. We won’t share photos that aren’t credited to artists or photos we haven’t been given permission to use. While we spend a lot of time searching far and wide for image depicting many different body types, colours and abilities that fact is it’s hard to find images depicting many different women.
      If you have an artist in mind that we could contact, we would love that! Or perhaps YOU would like to take some photos for us? 🙂
      Thanks again.

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