Bare Reality: 100 Women, Their Breasts, Their Stories
100 women bravely share un-airbrushed photographs of their breasts alongside honest, courageous, powerful and humorous stories about their breasts and their lives. Women from all walks of life took part, aged from 19 to 101, sized AAA to K, from Buddhist nun to burlesque dancer. Their perspectives and experiences are revealing and profoundly moving. Intimate, visually refreshing, maybe even surprising, Bare Reality will make you reconsider how you think and feel about your own body, and those of the women in your life.
"I decided to create Bare Reality because I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between women's personal lives and how they are depicted in the media; between how we feel about breasts privately and how they are presented for public consumption. Bare Reality is, for me, the inevitable result of being a woman, a feminist and a photographer. Aside from Bare Reality, which has been two years in the making, I undertake art photography projects (images have been included in group exhibitions) and specialise day to day in photographing people. While these strands of work may seem unconnected, the same themes run through everything I do. My work is always a personal enquiry as much as it is an exploration of people, our loves, our lives and our place in the world. For me, art is a creative, emotional and spiritual journal; it's my passion and calling. My love of photography took me by surprise. I took a career break from publishing and marketing and decided to retrain as a journalist. To fill some spare time I enrolled on a black and white composition course, which was a revelation: I learnt I enjoyed communicating through the lens. Now I've come full circle, and my latest project, Bare Reality, combines photographs and words. While the human body and human relationships are important current inspirations, my personal projects are often driven by deeper socio-political as well as spiritual questions. In everything I do I desire to connect deeply with people, practise integrity, and interpret and present their stories. Life is all about love, and I hope there is love in all my work." Her website is here.