“It intrigued me that so many women would wear binding or uncomfortable clothing to either impress or attract others, or for their own self-esteem.”
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A hair tie around your wrist. Skin-tight jeans. Push-up bras. All of these things leave their mark on your body when you remove them. The imprints – the intricate patterned lines that are etched into your skin – are your body’s reminder that you’re uncomfortable, that you’re being restricted.
But that doesn’t stop you from buying another tight-fitting item of clothing. And you know what? Perhaps it should.
Photographer Justin Bartels has created an entire photo series dedicated to the impressions these items leave on the body. From lace-up shoes to corsets, jeans and underwear, he has become fascinated by women who choose to wear these constricting items even when their body is trying to tell them to let it breathe.
His interest in the imprints came from his dating experience in college, he told Mamamia.
“It intrigued me that so many women would wear binding or uncomfortable clothing to either impress or attract others, or for their own self-esteem,” he said.
“I had noticed through my encounters with the opposite sex how much they complained about the discomfort from their high heels, tight jeans, underwire brasiers, etc. I wanted the images to capture the “after” showing what happens when they take off those articles, and the visual proof of their discomfort.”