“Dear God! How beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.” Victor Hugo


This photograph is by the wonderful Nicolas Laborie (The Photographer). He’s starting a new wetplate project exploring gender equality and the depictions of different body types in nude art. He’s looking for women and men of all ages, shapes and abilities to take part. I have only good things to say about the experience of being photographed by him and I have learnt so much about how I should regard and celebrate myself from his images of me and our conversations. You can find him at @Nicolas_Laborie or drop him a line at if you’re interested. You know you want to…

Sinful Sunday

37 thoughts on “Marble

  1. Oh my this is just fucking glorious. You look absolutely stunning, I love how the light really does make you look like marble and the pose of just inspired. Nicolas’ work at its finest I think


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  2. Thank you for choosing the picture i took of you and for the lovely comment that it has prompted. Exposed 40 embodied the quote perfectly and when I’m not doing wet plate photography, digital serve me to express and understand in a different light. Her blog and vision to a better understanding of body positive has been an inspiration here and her journey hopefully inspired others.
    Thank you for having me and such a lovely community 😉 Merci

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    • If i may say, you should take the leap and open up to the idea. Choose someone you can trust either male or female and let go….you may discover so much about yourself in the eyes of an other in a way without judgment and expectations.

      It all started with ….”a part of me would love….” so you are half way there….
      bonne chance

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  3. marble…. this is wonderful! it is such a freeing feeling to love your body and share with others who can see you for you, for art and appreciate! i mean sure it is great to be lusted over, some days we all really need this but it is the self confidence and trust put into the hands of the person holding the camera

    as a not so skinny lady i have been disappointed in a number of photographers who can’t see anything other than their “normal” clients and that can lead to so much self doubt and pain

    for the photographer….
    Je voudrais bien participer!
    vous pouvez venir à poitiers?

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    • If i can ask:
      If one is blind minded how can one see shapes and forms, let alone photograph them ?
      Uniqueness should be celebrated ! but sadly I’m not coming to Poitier in the near future…but I’m sure you will find someone how appreciate beauty and will capture your lusting presence ! bonne chance et surtout n`oublier pas de vous amusez 😉

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      • il n’y a personne à poitiers, c’est nul ici et je dois rester ici jusqu à 2025
        très ennuyeux d’être une américaine ici

        plus most of the photographers i was thinking of are from london… but thank you for your reply

        keep your mind open about poitiers, cheap flights on ryanair and i can host you and get you laughing 😉

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    • Thank you. We did these digital shots at the end of an afternoon when we’d been doing some wetplate photos. I think we were only shooting digital for about 20 minutes, but not sure how long Nicolas was editing for. Xx

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  4. Roughly you are right, we did some digi shots for about 20mns but the edit was done in a matter of seconds. Just cleaning some dust on the black cloth and saturation. No retouching on the body at all…thats the beauty of it. I personally don’t like retouching much if not at all. Thats the beauty of wet plate: embracing imperfections in the work. x

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  5. I’m late to commenting on Sinful Sunday this week. When I saw this, I let out a gasp, and just had to gaze at it for a long while. The contrast in tones and textures (the velvety fabric and your skin that really does look like marble) and the stunning, stunning shape and pose simply took my breath away. I am so thrilled with this partnership and so excited to see what you and the photographer create next. xoxo

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