When she was set to undergo gastric bypass surgery, Beth Beard looked for a way to document her impending transformation — and the typical before and after photos just wouldn't suffice!
So Beard recruited her friend and fellow photographer Blake Morrow to try something a little different. Using the power of Photoshop, the duo were able to create amazing portraits highlighting her 150-pound weight loss.
(Photo Credit: Blake Morrow)
The before and after photos were taken two years apart, but the concept had been laid out by Beard and Morrow ahead of time.
"Change fascinates me. I'm obsessed with before and after stuff," Morrow told Yahoo Canada of his idea for 'The Beth Project.' "Photoshop gets such a bad reputation these days that I was determined to use it in a way that would encourage and inspire people while being true to the heart of my subject, Beth."
Since the procedure, Beard has completely changed her lifestyle, including diet and exercise. "I've taken up cycle commuting every day and roller derby," she shared.
But even though she's thrilled with her new body, Beard didn't want to present her "before" self in a negative light.
"Body image and consciousness are such a divisive idea in our society," Beard told Yahoo Canada. "I'm hoping that images like Diva Beth (below) show that people on both sides of the spectrum can love themselves."
To see more of Morrow's photos, head to his website or check out his Instagram and Twitter pages.
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