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Outlandish Photo Series Captures The Elaborate And Quirky World Of Toenail Art
By Kylie Woon, 10 Aug 2017
Elaborate, colorful fingernails are a common sight nowadays—the more intricate and glamorous, the better—and even animals are getting manicures.
But what about toenails?
This is the question that led artist Amy Lombard to her project, ‘Nails Pt. 2’, in which she explores the world of elaborate toenail art with nail artist Sonya Meesh.
“We’re practically bombarded by beautiful manicures on a daily basis—it’s the norm,” Lombard tells DesignTAXI. “Instead of hands, we opted for something you don’t see focused on: feet.”
Lombard searched the web for toenail art—far less popular than fingernail art—and eventually stumbled upon the surprising genre of amateur toenail art photography. Here, individuals show off a range of extravagant to elegant pedicures, some of which feature inches-long acrylic toenails posed next to teddy bears and glasses of wine.
Inspired by this subculture, she began photographing ‘Nails Pt. 2’ with model Amanda Lanzone. Her series depicts outlandishly decorated pedicures that are fascinating, glamorous, and inspire a much bolder reaction than fingernail art.
“Sure, it’s certainly a little absurd and there’s no denying the element of humour. Yet there’s also an element of fetish to it as well—and while they may seem grotesque to one person, it’s sexy to another. This is a look that doesn’t cater to the masses,” she says.
Why are beautified fingernails so celebrated, yet when the exact same art is applied to toenails, they tend to draw such different reactions? Take a look at Lombard’s series below.
[via It’s Nice That, images via Amy Lombard and featured with permission]
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