Photographer Cornelia Schmidt portrays stories in her project “Just People” about everyday people. They are all naked as far as not wearing clothing, but their passions are shinning strongly through imagery. Cornelia’s keywords are: humour, respect and incredible beautiful. The texts and photographs complement each other in telling a story about the magic of the individual, at the same time as they leave a lot of space for the viewer’s reflections.
Society judges us before we open our mouths by what clothing we are wearing. It is easy to make conclusions about someone seeing their clothing and accessories. Without the clothing distracting the viewer, Cornelia can go deeper and portray their story. Each person decides how much of their body they feel comfortable showing and Cornelia adjusts the poses after their wishes.
A documentary about our times
The project will serve as a documentation of our lives today. Nowadays people have tattoos, solid bodies that have spent many hours at a gym or large bodies that wouldn’t go near a gym. They have colourful hairstyles, certain accessories and icons in their lives. These stories from people from all over the world with different skin colours and different cultures tell us stories about how people today live, what they feel and what values they have. Some stories portray an overwhelming emotion, like sadness and longing. Others portray a strong personal trait or passion, like music or chocolate.
Cornelia humbly sees the individual and works with a complete respect for the person she is shooting. Then in her humorous and daring way she collaborates with the person and they compose an interpretation that honestly portrays the special and unique essence of the individual. Cornelia’s passion for this project will give the book energy and a life of its own.
Just People is an original concept by Cornelia Schmidt. Presented below you will find some photos from this photo project. If you are interested in arranging an exhibition or to book photographer Cornelia Schmidt with this concept please let us know by sending us a message.
A better life
Sober and proud
Enjoy the ball
Longing for life
It's only skin deep
The key to possibility
Your choiceEvery day you are confronted with numerous choices. Some are big and important, others are small and less crucial. Some of them you make without even thinking about them as being choices but still they are. In every decision you make, you decide who you want to be, how to act and react, if you want to do good or evil, whether to brighten someone’s day or destroy it. Who do you choose to be today?
A better lifeImagine if I had carried out my plans to immigrate to Canada when I was 16 years old, what would my life had been like? I've always been a seeker and adventurer who has dared to jump on everything - sailor, boatbuilder, actor, extra, and security guard. A good life, but I can't shake thoughts about Canada.
Sober and proudNever again alcoholocaust. Robert and Anette
Enjoy the ballBasket is amazing fun! To get some sports done meanwhile, is just a bonus! Enjoy the ball - for me it's pure joy to play basket, It's like dancing at the bal with my passion, the basket boll. There isn't a more beautiful thing then the naked human body. I do hope, that others can believe in themselves, accept the own body and the abilities we have. I urge you to search and try to find your interest, your passion in life. Maria
Longing for lifeDear Baby, Mommy loves you more with each kick and each punch. I dream about you. I’m getting ready for you here at home. My heart aches when I hold up the tiny clothes I’ve bought for you. I long for you even more when I see all the other mommies with their growing kids. My little angel, I’d give anything to hold you in my arms right now. Your mother.
It's only skin deepA few months ago, my husband went out to pick up a package. Our daughter slept in a shawl wrapped around him like a sling. When he came out, an elderly woman was standing there. She looked, sniffed, and said, ”Poor child, growing up with a father like you.” Our appearance says nothing about our parenting abilities. We want to give our children all the intimacy, security, and love they need to become strong individuals who dare to be themselves. We hope that they will grow up to be critically thinking beings, and, if necessary, that they will stand up for themselves and for others, even if that means standing alone. Eddie, Caja, Carla, Spartacus - Sweden
FearlessNever give in to fear when love and passion are on the line. Be resilient and face your fear instead of running away. Kristian - Ireland/Sweden
The key to possibilityEverything starts with something small: perhaps only the urge to express a feeling. This urge is necessary in the process of creatinga situation, or an object. We should safeguard the energy that pollinates potential. It may not be eternal but is is holy: the key to possibility. Magnus - Sweden