Embody is based upon Lone Mørch’s intimate photographic encounters with hundreds of Danish and American women from 17 to 95. In her quest for a woman's complicated truth, Lone captures the startling interplay between the seer and the seen, as they encounter the light and shadow in their bodies, in themselves. Embody lets you be voyeur to Lone's private photographic collaborations with women, and reveals what it takes to drop your metaphorical corset before the camera, and find both the freedom and courage to see oneself, and to be seen.
The book sets in motion questions like: Who is the woman behind the facade? What stirs beneath the skin? What would female sexuality look like if untainted by cultural projection? Where are we still hiding, and why?
In a world where the female body is still sold, shamed and legislated over, and women have to work hard to (re-)discover and connect to their bodies, to their inner selves, Lone lets a woman restore her dignity and retain a bit of her feminine mystery.
Most photography of women has been dominated by the male gaze; in this book women look at themselves. Phil Cousineau calls the book "... a healing vision for a wounded world."
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Women Talk About the Experience of Being Photographed
A behind-the-book video and glimpse into Lone Mørch's photographic explorations with women.
Music by Jo Hamilton - Deeper from the album Gown
In Embody Danish writer and photographer, Lone Mørch, captures the startling interplay of light and shadow in women's bodies, both inside and out, with artistry and intimacy. We are invited into each photo session, to see through Lone's eyes, which hold a European sensibility and a keen quest for a woman's truth. Lone encourages in the women a natural state of ease, so that the desire to be perfect loosens its grip. But she goes deeper, to gently slip underneath layers of cultural and personal coverings, to invite these women to experience a lifting of crushing expectations, an evaporation of anxiety, and to move beyond this to true liberation. One woman for the first time imagines herself with a face, another moves about the studio discovering the joy of being in a body, knowing that it is temporary, aging, imperfect in so many ways. This book brings us to the space between women's illusions of imperfections and the startling reality of their beauty, and as their rifts are healed, something unexpected happens: We find ourselves challenged to extend our own lives beyond the awkward split-second of perfection, to question our own myths, see ourselves in a different light, and—though this is a rare occurrence while reading a book—to be transformed ourselves. – Erin Byrne, author, screen writer, teacher.
Embody is a masterful exploration into the vulnerability and power of women and its author, Lone Morch. Embody is also oddly about being ravishing, as well as being ravished by our own positive and negative relationship to our bodies. Though, most striking, is how the book unfolds to give us a new perspective on women and their nobel selves: in the end what makes us noble is how we move through the destruction of being ravished into a new chapter of our lives (in some cases through a relationship with Morch's lens). Be as fearless as the women and the author, and enter this book ready for your heart to open while your eyes pop - not from lust, but from the truth." – Sarah Kornfeld, author, woman in the book
What a wonderful project. Strong photos that shows the female body in ways we rarely see and leave us with a lot of emotions. When the shamefulness of the normal is completely gone, the body is so beautiful and lovely, and it can begin to sense and be sensed in return. Wow. – Camilla Stockmann, journalist Politiken
Embody pulls back the curtain on women who are contemplating their own nudity, skin and beauty, on their own terms. Embody is about women's own freedom but also the extraordinary vision of the photographer who grants them the freedom to be viewed as they see fit. Veil by veil, woman by woman, image by image, page by page, Lone Mørch’s images reveal a healing vision for a wounded world, a gallery of women who feel safe enough to be at home in their own skin, proving that we long to see and be seen. –Phil Cousineau, author and filmmaker
I'm overwhelmed with the rich depth and meaning in Lone's new book Embody. Her artistry, writing, eloquence, and exquisite photography seem to be coming together in a powerful expression of healing, helping and nurturing the so-called "feminine" element within all women and men. Lone's creations are dreams awakened, waking dreams, and indeed remove the veil between the visible and invisible worlds. – Grant Benson
I share my personal photos to encourage women who've been hard on themselves, violated sexually or neglected their needs in service to others, to acknowledge and relish their feminine power and inner beauty! I hope men who witness this heartfelt work of art will see the women in their lives with new sensitivity and admiration. A more accurate and healthy perspective on being feminine in our culture is essential for more harmonious relationships between men and women, in all contexts. – Jennifer M.
I found the project trailer captivatingly put together. It seems a liberating experience having full awareness of your whole being from head to toe, letting everything go, living purely in those moments around the camera clicking. Self compassion - something that’s very difficult to do these days. Perhaps it is true that it is easier to see the full picture of oneself through a photograph than through the naked eye. – Jo Hamilton, artist
Lone’s project is timely and special on so many levels. The writing is as important as the images for they both tell a story… the gift of finding oneself. –Elizabeth Opalenik, photographic artist, educator, author of Poetics.