We’ve all become so accustomed to the glossing over, the smoothing out, the fixing up, that to see so much as a stray fallen eyelash in a fashion shoot can take us aback. There are arguments for both sides, of course: the art of photography and of retouching have become closely intertwined, and as for what moves or sways us as viewers can come down to interfering a little with reality. Still, there are times when to see a completely raw and untouched set of photos is enough to leave an impression. A bit of underarm stubble or bumpy skin seems not just truthful but ultimately daring of the photographer.
Manfredi Gioacchini’s shoot RAW sees models Veronika Vilim & Daniela Botero un-madeup, naked, and flawed. The use of the latter word is not meant as criticism: the point is, we’re all flawed. It’s what makes us us. It’s like Leonard Cohen famously said: There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in..
Gioacchini’s shoot leaves in the cracks to let in the light. Check out the full shoot by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing the gallery.