Photo Credit: Justin Bartels

They say beauty is pain, but should it really be so painful that it leaves marks on our skin? San Diego photographer Justin Bartels' photography series IMPRESSION looks at the complicated relationship between women and their tightest pieces of clothing. 

Bartels photographed his subjects immeaditely after they removed their skinniest jeans, corsets and strappy shoes, revealing the indentations their fashion choices had left. The images are meant to give a powerful statement on today’s standards of beauty, and have us think about the marks we give ourselves. 


Photo Credit: Justin Bartels 

"The IMPRESSION series came about from my dating experiences in college, noticing the different trends and styles that women wore," Bartels told Refinery 29. "It interested me that so many women would wear binding or uncomfortable clothing to either impress or attract others, or for their own self-esteem." 

Bartles hopes the series sends an even greater message, saying. "I hope this series would reach women, and inspire them to question what they wear and why they wear it."

Good question, Bartels. Why do we wear such tight and restricting clothing? Do we find it sexy? Is it for us or is it to attract men? 


Photo Credit: Justin Bartels

Each photo is named using actual headlines Bartels found in different fashion magazines, which, he said, "[shows] how we market to women to [get them to] wear these clothes, regardless of how it affects them."  

Make sure you check out these thought-provoking photos, like the photograph of the woman’s feet with the print of her high heels entitled "Head Turning Heels." Or the indents of a corset on a woman’s back called "Lace Up The Curves Of A Hollywood Dream Girl.” 


Photo Credit: Justin Bartels 

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