(Photo Credits: Screengrab from @tilotta_photo on Instagram)
“Attractive comes in all shades, sizes, shapes, and ethnicities. Simply put ‘As Is.'” – Steven Tilotta
A photographer from Houston named Steven Tilotta has recently released a photo book of his work from 2014 up to this year, showcasing men of all sizes.
The book, titled As Is: Portraits 2014-2020, aims to promote body positivity through photography and motivational messages. It has 212 pages and it contains notes and positive quotes from Steven Tilotta himself as well as other people; purchase the coffee table book here for $80.
Tilotta explained that with his work, he wants to start a revolution where we can begin to heal and learn to accept ourselves ‘As Is.’ He said in a statement:
It is a long journey, but I hope that we can begin to love ourselves. I chose guys for As Is that are not the images that have been force-fed to us of what male attractiveness, beauty, and masculinity is. It is a journey to accepting ourselves ‘as is’.
According to Tilotta, he decided to trade his paintbrush for a camera in 2013, nearly 20 years after being told by one of his professors in college that he would never be good at photography because he questioned the rules. “When it comes to the arts I don’t believe in rules, imagine if Picasso had played by the rules.”
Further, Tilotta shared that he looks up to Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts and that his work is heavily influenced by them, and cinematic color grading. “I love shadows I like to show a darker side because I believe everyone has one. It is what we choose to do with it keep it surpassed or show it to the world.”
To learn more about As Is, you can check out Steven Tilotta’s official website here. You can also follow him on Instagram; don’t forget to follow Adam4Adam’s official Instagram account while you’re at it, guys!