I’m Not Afraid Anymore, December 2019 (6 images)

I’m not afraid anymore.

For so long I was taught to be afraid of my body. To be ashamed of it. But I’m not afraid anymore.

It’s taken a long time to grow past the notions that I was taught to believe growing up.

I was a ballet dancer. My teachers told me that my body wasn’t good enough. That I wasn’t tall enough, skinny enough, turned out enough.

I was a church girl. My religious leaders told me that my body was inferior to the angular bodies of the men who spoke from the pulpit. They told me my body was sinful, that my body is the property of someone else.

I was diagnosed with a rare disease that has yet to find a cure. The doctors told me that my body doesn’t work right. That I shouldn’t expect my body to do things that other bodies can do, things like dance and walk and eat spaghetti.

I was a lot of things. But now I can finally say that I am me. I’m a work in progress. And a work of art. I’d like to share with you what I’ve found in myself as I continue to grow as a woman and an artist. This is where I share the work that I’m proud of, but some people are still scared of. Fine art nudes. Behind the scenes. Intimate and exclusive. Tantalizing and inspiring. Art and process. Im not afraid anymore. Are you?

I’ve posted some of my self portrait nudes on this blog. These are some of them. If you’d like to see more, photographed both by myself and other photographers, or if you’d like to support my work, please visit my Patreon page http://www.patreon.com/Sargenti

Taken on iPhone 8S. New Orleans, LA