Even on the best days — when your highlighter is on point, your hair is shining, or you have on the perfect outfit — it can be easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others and feeling bad about your body. Photographers Emilie Mercier and Frédérique Marseille, who hail from Montreal, Canada, understand that struggle. It’s why they created the photo series 1001 Fesses (or “1001 Butts,” in English), which features — you guessed it — photos of people’s butts. “Since November 2014, we have been collecting the beauty of the female form in an attempt to address a widespread obsession: hating our backsides,” they write on the project’s website. “We are trying to create a visual poem by taking pictures of all kind of women…and bums!”
Instead of casting for the project, Mercier and Marseille share the timing and location of their upcoming photoshoots on Facebook, and the first respondents to express interest become the participants.
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“These pictures are always taken in daylight with a Mamya 645 film camera and we never show faces or identify images,” the photographers write. “By photographing anonymous bodies, we try to picture the beauty in every shape, the beauty in female identity.”
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The pair share photos both on their website and their Instagram account, and their collection continues to grow. There’s also a part of their website where they share user-submitted butt photos, so if you can’t make it to one of their shoots, you can still engage with their project. Take a look (if you’re not at work, that is) — Mercier and Marseille’s work is a refreshing reminder that all bodies are deserving of celebration.
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