By Megan Erbacher
Evansville Courier & Press, Ind.
As a photographer, Bri Naylor didn’t hesitate to put herself on the other side of the camera for a cause.
Naylor, 29, hopes the 35 women involved in Embrace Your Body by Project Reveal will motivate others — both women and men — to embrace their uniqueness.
When Naylor spotted Stacey Godbold’s plea on Facebook seeking models for the gallery fundraiser, she knew she wanted to be part of it.
What resulted is an Embrace your Body photography show, a fundraiser for Project Reveal, which will be presented by The Women’s Hospital from 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 5 in an art gallery in Evansville’s Haynie’s Corner Arts District at 56/58 Adams Avenue.
For the gallery fundraiser, local women allowed Courier & Press photographer Erin McCracken to capture their natural beauty to inspire other women to embark on the journey to accept their bodies.
Embrace Your Body is a new component of Project Reveal, a website-based forum where women are invited to help other women by sharing experiences, strength and hope found through a defining life situation.
“Sometimes we are afraid to share our honest thoughts, feelings and challenges,” said Godbold, Project Reveal’s creator. “But in reality, everyone has those same thoughts and sharing them honestly is what helps other women navigate similar journeys of their own.”
The show will feature local women of all shapes, sizes, color and ages loving their bodies. There will also be live music, a photo booth, food, cocktails and representatives from area women’s organizations.
Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple, available at projectreveal.org.
“It is a beautiful thing to stand out among the crowd … I felt right away that this was way bigger than just me,” Naylor said.
“Way bigger than just getting over my own personal body issues. I was to be a representation of so many others too afraid of stepping into these lights, in front of this camera and then onto a canvas to be viewed by strangers, some of whom didn’t know my name or one single thing about me.”