UNder My Skin - Current Project
I never thought I’d photograph naked women. When I bought a camera and opened Lolo’s Boudoir studio in Sausalito ten years ago, I didn’t foresee that hundreds of everyday women would come to me from across the country to be photographed, nude. Under the Skin shares the story of Lolo’s Boudoir. Alongside reflections about photographing and being photographed by the women and me, it features art made in a collaborative process by which each woman has found strength in rediscovering herself––fantasizing, feeling awkward, exploring what’s sensual and sexy to her, what feels real, what doesn’t.
Under My Skin zooms in on the camera’s catalytic power to get under the skin of pretense and postures and elicit more honest expressions. It reveals what the photos alone cannot––that undressing is an act of shedding stories of doubt and shame. In today’s world, where body image is warped by mass media, cosmetic surgery and beauty has become a massive industry and anorexia, bulimia and other such image and body related ills have skyrocketed, we need a new perspective––a way to restore reverence and respect for our bodies, our sexuality and our selves, as women.
The women came to me for more than beauty. They came to be seen and witnessed. Ultimately, Under My Skin is about awakening women––to their skin, their hearts, their aliveness. Letting the viewer be a voyeur to a woman’s gradual unveiling of her liberated self, it raises the question of the female body and how we see and relate to it. An evocative, lush and poignant book, Under My Skin will also get under your skin.
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