Last week saw the launch of issue 2 of Elbow Grease magazine. To celebrate they hosted and exhibition of my photo essay for the magazine. The theme ‘Abandon’ reflected on The Broken Window Theory; the idea that visible signs of crime create an urban environment that encourages further crime. And my work was displayed alongside a sound installation by James Mitchell and a one off flag by Katie Hood.
Up the Spanish coast to Barcelona, May 2017
My photo essay round Morocco for Freude von Freuden is out now. See their favourite images from my trip and my conversation with the guys at FvF live on their site this week. Thanks so much to the team at FvF, especially Andie, for putting it together.
My favourite images from the trip are now available to buy in my shop , if you would like to commission a particular image from the series drop me a line: email@example.com
If you haven’t already seen my last blog post introducing ‘Body of Women’ and the very personal story which started the whole thing off, give it a read here. Working with Jo on the photos was an incredible experience and as we work together now on the project, her story has inspired women to come forward for a whole range of reasons. Some very moving and all totally amazing.
Some have been on a journey of emotional change and for them the photos are a way of coming to terms with that change and owning their bodies again. For others it’s more about a physical change and how that physical change has led them on a journey. When I photographed Mikaela she was 7 months pregnant and bar a few totally normal nerves about being naked, amazingly relaxed and comfortable. She gave birth to her gorgeous son Otis back in September (he is totally adorable). Several months on, I wondered how she felt now looking back at the images and what effect being pregnant had on how she felt about her body.
“It’s hard to say whether I feel super comfortable being naked, I think the relationship you have with your body is intertwined with a lot of things. But at that moment my body was changing really quickly, so quickly it was impossible to reflect on the magnitude of the situation. Even when I first looked at the photos, because I was still pregnant I didn’t see the beauty in my shape. Since giving birth to Otis I feel so proud of myself and my body for showing it’s strength. The photos are a record of the change I went through and a reminder of the power of my body.”
‘Body of Women’ is an ongoing project in which we aim to re evaluate the visual language used to talk about women’s bodies, record the stories they tell and celebrate their journeys. As the community of women taking part grows, we are looking for more women to share their story and collaborate with us. Get in touch by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy International Women's Day to all of you