Sand on our skin

Take a five-year-old to the beach, ask her to jump into the water and she’d be out of her frock and in the ocean within seconds – with or without her swimsuit.

Ask an adult woman to do the same, and hesitation is bound to ensue.

As you see your body mature, being whole-heartedly comfortable and confident in your own skin almost seems a challenge, if not an impossible quest.

Diana Bouchardet by Marijo Cobretti

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Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)
Sand On Our Skin by Marijo Cobretti (NSFW)

But when photographer Marijo Cobretti took his camera to shoot model Diana Bouchardet on the beaches of South of France, terms such as ‘discomfort’ and ‘awkward’ were banished from the vocabulary, however temporary the action may be. The black and white editorial with clear water and untouched sand as a backdrop would make you want to hum an innocent lullaby, but it’s quite the contrary when you see the ambiguity in the shots.

The lack of clothing and particular stances may propose traces of pornographic photography, but is it really so? She seems rather innocent who possesses an intriguing mind of a young adult; she’s curious of her sexual capabilities and is willing to experiment with her body. Pornographic is far from truth, but innocent it sure is; and to prove that are the strategic tan lines, carelessly tangled hair and the fedora hat.

Only someone growing out of their childish self would let sand stick on their damn skin. Isn’t that so?

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Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.