|cover image by Matt Blum|
As more women got involved, "Almost everybody who participated said it contributed to some part of their mentality about themselves shifting," Blum says.
Now, nearly 8,000 women from around the world have signed on to have Blum come to their home and photograph them. Both participants and viewers tend to reach for a particular word when describing why the Nu Project has moved them: empowering.
But the question of empowerment is a tricky one. When two University of Minnesota professors looked at Blum's photos, they were largely excited by the project -- but also cautious.
- Cover: The Nu Project explores the art of female nudity
- Slideshow: Behind the scenes: The Nu Project and the art of female nudity [NSFW]