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‘Thinspiration’ Portraits Shine Light on Disturbing Online ProAna Community

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Laia Abril began photographing the images of the emaciated girls that appeared on her computer screen when she began researching Thinspiration. She took her computer into a dark room, as if she were doing a fashion shoot, and began collecting portraits of the ProAna online community. Through the photographs she captured of anorexic subjects we are taken into private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the very mindset of the disorder.

Laia Abril’s series explores the relation between photography, social media, and anorexia. Can the photos shine a light on reality? Or do they simply perpetuate the self-destructive, distorted self image of the subjects?

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