Category Archives: Body image

Kilauea Explodes – Photographs


Laurie says:


I took this photograph in collaboration with the brilliant dye-transfer photographer and printer Ctein a long time ago. The color image is his and the black and white images are mine. They were taken at Mt St Helens in Washington when the devastation from the volcano explosion was still very present. I’ve always been drawn to volcanoes and their aesthetic in spite of their destructive quality. At another time I was close to the inside of the crater in a very small plane.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the years in Volcano Park on the Big Island in Hawaii. I’ve been on top of Mauna Kea, the huge dead volcano on the island. And I’ve foolishly but memorably walked on warm lava with red lava nearby. The images that have been coming from the recent eruptions are stunning and terrifying.

The quote below and the images are from Alan Foster’s In Focus in May:

A column of reddish-brown ash, Kīlauea, Big Island of Hawai‘i. (USGS)


The recent eruptions from several volcanic vents in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island have prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory said eight lava fissures had opened under Leilani Estates over the past few days. The opening of the fissures and lava flow from Kilauea Volcano follow a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake on Friday, and the earlier collapse of a nearby crater, emptying the lake of lava within. The unfolding disaster is unpredictable …

Lava glows from a vent on a lava bed at the Leilani Estates. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)


(Shane Turpin via AP)


(U.S. Geological Survey via AP)


Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater. (USGS)


Lava coming from a fissure in Leilani Estates. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)


Women En Large : Twenty Third Anniversary

Laurie says:

It’s amazing that Debbie’s and my book, Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this month. The work continues to be displayed internationally and the book continues to sell.

And unfortunately it is as relevant now as it was then.

Tracy Blackstone and Debbie Notkin

To look in the mirror and see yourself, all of yourself, and to be pleased and satisfied. Should it be an impossible dream? Or is it something we all, each and every one of deserve?
‑‑ Debbie Notkin

Chupoo Alafonte

When I think of what it means to be a fat black woman, I think of my ancestors, women at the lowest rung of society, who were forced to serve, nurture, and give birth to a nation that hates and fears people who look like me.
— Chupoo Alafonté

Queen T’hisha and Robyn Brooks

I decided that I was never again going to allow someone to victimize me because of my size. Furthermore, I decided to enjoy myself the way I was. I have a voluptuous body and a very sensual nature. I’m creative, intelligent, charming, and lush. What’s not to like?
‑‑ April Miller


Rhylorien n’a Rose

I am not what others think of me. I am what I think of me. My body may be fat and physically challenged, but I am strong and beautiful … Right now.
— Rhylorien n’a Rose


Edna Rivera

I didn’t grow up with the belief that fat women were to be despised. The women in my family were fat, smart, sexy, employed, wanted, married, and the rulers of their households.
‑‑ Queen T’hisha


Debbie Notkin, April Miller, Carol S, Queen T’hisha, and Robyn Brooks

After a lifetime of hiding, you can imagine how hard it is to come out and say, “Hey! Look at me,” in a way where no one can fail to really see me.
‑‑ Cynthia McQuillin