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Posed: Intimate Photography Goes Beyond Nudes (Revisited)

Illustration of a femme-presenting person posing in nature seen through a reflection of a camera lens. The person, who has shoulder-length dreads and medium-tone skin, is wearing lipstick, a tie crop top, arm warmers and high-waisted bottoms. Behind the lens is a close-up view of the upper right-hand portion of the photographer's face and their fingers holding the shutter of the camera. In the bottom left corner of the illustration there is the text "Posed."
Charnel Hunter

Anita hasn't always loved getting her photo taken, but seeing herself through the artistic eye of a close friend and photographer has changed her perspective. She meets two intimate photographers who take her behind the scenes of their shoots and share their philosophies on capturing the erotic in an image. Plus, she talks with a model about her intimate work that explores disability and sexuality.

Meet the guests:

  • LaQuann Dawson, an artist and community organizer, shares his passion for documenting the Black, queer community through intimate photography and what it's been like to turn the lens on himself
  • Shoog McDaniel, a queer, fat photographer and artist, describes the process of guiding others through intimate, mostly-nude shoots in nature and what it's like to witness them discover new ways of being in their bodies
  • Trista Marie McGovern, a writer, photographer, speaker and model, talks about using intimate photography as a tool to explore the intersections of disability and sexuality

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Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.