Skin by June Yong Lee Manipulates Nude Torsos to Tell Stories

By: Meghan Young - Mar 5, 2014
References: juneyonglee & beautifuldecay
The images that make up Skin by June Yong Lee, an artist and photographer based in California, are immediately perceived as gruesome. As though straight out of a horror film, they look like portraits of tortured individuals. Stretched skin and flattened torsos are captured in a way that conceals identifies but not much else.

A unique series, to say the very least, Skin by June Yong Lee is meant to capture something even more unique: a concept involving the idea that skin is a visual diary of a person's life. Although faces are excluded from the images, sagging breasts, tattoos, scars and more are identifiable. Lee notes, "Bodies record personal stories and suggest the ways that we remember. Skin, in particular, reflects who we are and tells stories that we might not always recognize."