24 Oct Justin Bartels’s IMPRESSION

 

 

Sucking in your stomach so you can zip up a pair of skintight jeans. This little moment is probably one of many that served as inspiration behind IMPRESSION, a series from San Diego-based photographer Justin Bartels. Documenting a group of women after they’ve taken off their clothes — and the marks of these too-tight pieces that remain.

Bartels used the images to comment on society’s standards of beauty, especially when it comes to dating: “The IMPRESSION series came about from my dating experiences in college, noticing the different trends and styles that women wore,” he explained. “It interested me that so many women would wear binding or uncomfortable clothing to either impress or attract others, or for their own self-esteem.“.

“I hope this series would reach women, and inspire them to question what they wear and why they wear it.”