In line with the post on photographing fit models I have come up with assignments that I would like to add to my educational material. If you are interested you can do these, maybe even publish them on your own page and possibly let me have your feedback?
In order to learn about bodies, posture and fit it is smart to get an idea of your own body’s posture and possible skewness. Posture is at the basis of how a piece of clothing will fit and it is therefore very important for fitting clothes.
BALANCE ASSIGNMENT 1
Set up a photo gallery, Pinterest boards, PowerPoint presentation or what have you to gather photo and text material on the following subjects on the internet and / or in books.
– What is good, bad and perfect posture? How can good posture be determined?
– Posture therapy; find out what are the weak and strong muscles for e.g. a hollow back?
– Search on posture psychology, body language.
– If you have time continue with ‘no furniture living’. Enjoy!
– What is the effect of high heels on posture?
Objective: to get an idea of what subjects are related to posture, what good posture is and how it can be recognised.
BALANCE ASSIGNMENT 2
Use the instructions of the post on photographing fit models to make (or have made) 3 photos of yourself: the front, side and back view. Make sure to follow-up on every detail of the instructions. If you do not have a tripod, use a table, heighten the table with a chair or books to find the right height to photograph from. The photo’s need to be perfectly horizontal / vertical otherwise the next assignment does not work.
BALANCE ASSIGNMENT 3
Now look at the photos from the above assignment: what do you see? Do you see any imbalance between left and right, a high shoulder possibly? After having taken a look, start putting in the vertical and horizontal lines. Describe what you notice and where your body has imbalance.
Now also put in the circles as shown in the 3rd photo of the former post. Make sure to place them in the middle of the joints. When your shoulders are pulled forward, the middle of the shoulder moves more to the front. More on this topic in the post on shoulder position which will follow in due time.
Finish this assignment with checking how you feel about your body now that you have analysed it.
NOTE TO YOU: If you have difficulty with your body image or feel insecure about yourself, you might want to ask somebody whom you trust to do the assignment with you. If you have, or have had, or are on the verge of developing an eating disorder, do NOT do these assignments, or do it with your therapist. The assignment, when done in a group, can be uplifting if and only if, acceptance of yourself and the other is carried in the group.
The goal of this excercise is to get to know your own posture AND to realise that nobody is perfect. Not you, not anybody. One can actually say that if you walk away with a feeling that your body is the only one with funny things, you’ve got the exercise wrong; everybody has got funny unbalanced things.
Having said all that, I hope you enjoy the exercises and learn a lot from it. 🙂
Best regards, Martine