Since opening Lolo’s Boudoir in 2004, a studio dedicated to women’s self-discovery, hundreds of everyday women have come to me from wide and far to be photographed, nude, in natural light. Unveiled is about the journey to our literal and metaphorical nakedness and the unexpected interplay between photography and therapy.
A collection of 120 black-and-white photos show women in all ages and stages of unveiling––from feeling shy and awkward to fantasizing and finding freedom. Alongside, prose––brief behind-the-scene stories and reflections––offer context and contrast to what happens in the images, revealing the relationship between the photographer and the women and the process by which they’re able to shed stories of shame, drop their guards and find ease from within their own skin.
Unveiled zooms in on how I’ve used the camera to help liberate women from the bondage of a culture that prizes perfection and creates distorted self-images. It features art that, in the collaborative making, lets a woman own her strength as embraces her body and unique beauty; a beauty that is human—not immortalizing, personal—not perfect.
Most art and photography of women has been dominated by the male gaze. In this book, women are looking at themselves. Unveiled lets you become a voyeur to a woman’s gradual unveiling of her innermost self. Evocative, lush and thrilling, this book is an important artistic and literary contribution to a cultural dialog of and about women and the ownership of their lives––and bodies. Unveiled is everywoman's story, bound to get under your skin.