As some of you may know, a year ago I successfully completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Photography) Degree through the University of Hertfordshire. In order to graduate, I had to complete a thesis essay of 6,000 words and an extensive photo series that was more than just “pretty pictures”.
My thesis essay talked about the controversial reality of photography. In 6,000 words (yes… that’s twenty *20* pages…) I answered the question: How has photography, once a respected visual record of life, evolved into an accepted form of art with a questionable future? I’m not going to lie, I am so proud of this essay (mainly proud that I was able to complete it – I’ve never been very interested in writing very large papers) … but man, what an exhausting (both physically and emotionally) thing to do!
Anyways, back to the main topic, the photo series I created … I called it “A Beautiful Connection”. As a photographer, I am inspired by beautiful images. I am most drawn to images that not only showcase the beauty of nature, but also incorporate a human element. For as long as I have been a photographer, I have favoured photographing women to showcase their beauty. As a practitioner in the field, I have the mindset that I want the woman I am photographing to leave the photoshoot feeling more beautiful and confident than when she came to me.
Because of the way the media has created an ideal standard for a woman’s body, many women struggle with body image issues, myself included. This standard is unachievable for the average woman and because of this, there is something so rewarding about helping another woman feel beautiful. There is something so raw and honest with photographing women. I love being able to use my photographic skills to change the way a woman sees herself. It is also a chance for me to really express my artist abilities. Each photoshoot I do enables me to connect on a very deep level with my subjects, as well as with myself.
This series, A Beautiful Connection, is about showcasing my view and opinion on beauty. For centuries, artists have strived to create work that is beautiful, but since beauty is very subjective, it is a very complicated concept. My photographic approach for this body of work was an exploration into myself and determining what I truly believe to be beautiful.
I have come to learn that inspiration can come from anywhere, and that it usually comes when you least expect it. When creating these images, I was inspired by a beautiful quote from Robert Adams…
I hope to do a few different series this year. If you or anyone you know would be interested in modeling or doing hair/make up for shoots, have them reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I’m always looking for people to collaborate with!
Hope you have a wonderful day!