Washington-based photographer Natalie Krick is introducing a satirical spin on beauty standards in her photography book Natural Deceptions, published by Skylark editions.
Inspired by images from Playboy in the 60s and 70s, the series portrays the failed attempts in capturing women as Glamour and Pop culture had presented limited notions of beauty. Focusing on ageing and body-image trends such as the thigh gap, Krick mimics the aesthetic of iconic female poses in glamour photography and pop culture whilst defying the standards they set for beauty. The images then create a moment of doubt in the mind of the viewer as to why these images look ‘wrong’. Hence Krick’s photography highlights the major effects beauty standards have on us and our expectations of the female appearance.
In an interview with Slate, Krick spoke on the interpretations of her work by saying that: “Some people see complexity, and some people just see flaws and bad photography. There’s something about doing things ‘wrong’ that gets people all worked up, especially if you are a woman”. And so, her concept behind ‘Natural Deceptions’ to break the rules of beauty, is also to prove that the concept of the images themselves will be entirely lost on some viewers who expect to see something ‘beautiful’. Indeed, Krick’s work is seen as ‘wrong’ to those who fail to see beauty.