We all live veiled lives. Some veils conceal, hide and protect. Other veils seduce, soften, draw in, and let us retain a bit of our mystery. Certain veils we spend lifetimes lifting. Others are so flimsy, we barely notice them. In Unveiled, women undress in front of the camera to discover their freedom to see and be seen.
Music by Jo Hamilton - Deeper from the album Gown
"WHEN THE SOUL WANTS AN EXPERIENCE, SHE THROWS AN IMAGE OUT FRONT AND STEPS INTO IT." ~ MEISTER ECKHART
Unveiled (working title) chronicles my intimate photographic encounters with hundreds of women over more than a decade, and how this work has touched and changed us. Inspired by my own liberating experience in front of the camera, I opened Lolo's Boudoir for women's self-discovery in 2004, and since, hundreds of women of all ages, stages and walks of life have come to be photographed by me, nude.
In fine art photos and prose, Unveiled reveals the unexpected interplay between photography and therapy, between seer and seen, and what it takes to expose, and ultimately find oneself. It shares how I've used the therapeutic power of the camera to help women dismantle shame, insecurity and doubt, and emerge in their unguarded, untamed human splendor.
The book lets you be a voyeur and experience women's most private unveiling – you will laugh and cry and recognize yourself, as the women uncover and recover the lost, discarded and disowned parts of themselves. Allowed to contemplate their own nudity, veiling and unveiling as they wish, the women come alive, not only to the camera’s curious eye, but also to their own: Who is the woman behind the veils? What stirs beneath the skin? What would female sexuality and freedom look like if untainted by cultural projection? Where are we still hiding?
While most photography of women has been dominated by the male gaze, this book is about women looking at themselves. An timely and thrilling tribute, a contemporary rite of passage for women's awakening to their own skin and aliveness, it offers an important artistic and literary contribution to a cultural dialog of and about women and the ownership of our bodies–and our lives. Unveiled is everywoman's story, bound to get under your skin.