The number one way to console ourselves when we make a permanent dent in our own exterior is to convince ourselves that people aren’t really all that dissimilar to rustic furniture; a few character marks actually make us more interesting. But often as a model such things as scars – even birthmarks, moles, character lines – get the once-over with the the kind of healing tool that exists in the digital world even if it doesn’t have a real-life equivalent. In a world where too much photoshop can at its best rid people of life’s little marks and at its worst rid them of reality all together, seeing a portrait of Anna Selezneva complete with a scarred forearm is somewhat refreshing. It’s a reminder that skin is a canvas with many stories to tell – and really that’s no bad thing.
Shot by Karim Sadli for the spring 2012 issue of The Last Magazine, you can view more of this simple yet stunning black and white portrait of Anna Selezneva at the gallery above.