Gardening Self-Portraits

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Self-portrait photos created on my balcony in the New Orleans French Quarter in July of 2022.

abstract black and white shirtless man holding plant

The Male Form: Captivating and Powerful.   In a world that often tells us to cover up, be ashamed, and keep our bodies hidden away, it’s refreshing to see someone like Christopher Ryan embracing his body and showing the world that there is nothing to be ashamed of. His impromptu photo session on his balcony in the New Orleans French Quarter is a beautiful reminder that the male form is something to be celebrated, not hidden away.

Chris Ryan’s self-portrait work is an important contribution to the dialogue around body positivity. For too long, the male body has been objectified and sexualized by the media. Chris reminds us that the male form is beautiful, regardless of size or shape. His photos promote self-love and acceptance, two things that are vitally important in today’s world.

Art lovers will appreciate the aesthetics of Chris’s photos. The soft lighting and muted colors create a dreamlike quality that makes the viewer feel as though they are experiencing the moment alongside him. It’s easy to get lost in his photos and appreciate the pure beauty of the human form.

Chris’s work is an important step in promoting body positivity for all humans, regardless of gender. His photos remind us that we are all perfectly imperfect and that’s what makes us beautiful. Thanks, Chris, for reminding us of what we so often forget.


About The Author

Christopher Ryan is an international photographer specializing in conceptual portraits in unique environments, such as abandoned buildings and picturesque landscapes. His work breaks the barriers of race, age, and geographic location, capturing the energy and exuberance of the human form. He was influenced by his unusual upbringing in the American South. He seeks to retain the virtues of Southern Charm while abandoning pre-conceived notions of prejudice.