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Jackie Dives' Naked Eating Photos Capture People's Most Vulnerable Moments (NSFW)

01/07/2015 05:41 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 11:59 EST

A Vancouver photographer is combating the shame associated with emotional eating by snapping photos of people munching on their favourite snacks — in the nude.

Though the most recent photo in Jackie Dives' Comfort Food Series was taken a few months ago, the project — which is ongoing — recently caught our attention. There is a vulnerability to the series, the idea for which Dives said came from a rather personal place.

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"I think my own struggles inform my projects," Dives told The Huffington Post B.C. via email. "I definitely struggle with self-esteem related to my physical appearance and being naked, and often find myself eating to soothe."

All of the models are Dives' friends, or friends of friends; she said despite the revealing nature of the project, she didn't have a hard time getting people on board.

"It must have been an idea that resonated with a lot of people, because I am constantly getting people volunteering for this project, and really excited about doing it," she said. "The food is actually providing comfort, which makes posing nude easier. It's been a really interesting dynamic."

Dives also used to be a doula and birth photographer, making headlines in 2013 for her provocative and stirring home birth images.

For the self-taught photographer — who said she's "100 per cent an emotional eater, and I'm sort of okay with that" — the Comfort Food Series is an extension of her ability to find her subjects at their most raw.

"When I look at the photos, I see people in a vulnerable situation, being brave, and saying, 'This is what I like to eat. This is what I look like. Both of those things are okay,'" she said.

See more of her work (warning: contains nudity):

Jackie Dives Comfort Food Series

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