Unveiled - Forthcoming Book By Lone Mørch
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
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. In photos and prose, Unveiled reveals the unexpected interplay between photography and therapy, between seer and seen, and what it take to expose oneself to the camera. An evocative, lush and thrilling book, it offers an important artistic and literary contribution to a cultural dialog of and about women and the ownership of their lives – and bodies.
This project asks questions like: Who is the woman behind the veils? What stirs beneath the skin? What would female sensual freedom look like if untainted by cultural projection? Where are we still hiding?
While the book doesn’t give finite answers, it touches upon the veins and vanities than run beneath our skin and allows women to contemplated their own nudity, by veiling and unveiling as they want to.
Most photography of women has been dominated by the male gaze, in this book women are finding the courage to see and be seen. Phil Cousineau calls it "... a healing vision for a wounded world."
Ultimately, Unveiled is a book about awakening – to our skin, our hearts, our truth, our aliveness. In a world where the body is still sold, shamed, being legislated over and used for commerce, a world that likes to provoke and hang it all out, Unveiled lets a woman restore her relationships to her body, and retain a bit of her feminine mystery.
Unveiled is a masterful exploration into the vulnerability and power of women and its author, Lone Morch. Unveiled 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, curator, woman in the book
What a wonderful photo 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
Unveiled pulls back the curtain on women who are contemplating their own nudity, their own skin, their own beauty, on their own terms, in their own light, in their own shadow. Unveiled 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. As the mystery unfolds about veiling and unveiling, we are handed a key to the gift of beauty, that life-enhancing force that emerges out of a vision fused with love, and which is no luxury or self-indulgence, but an absolute necessity for the well-lived life. Seen in this shadow-strewn light, unveiling is the promise of happiness. –Phil Cousineau, author and filmmaker
I'm overwhelmed with the rich depth and meaning in Lone's new book Unveiled. 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 in Unveiled 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 of Unveiled 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., woman in the book
I found the ‘unveiled’ 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
Unveiled is a groundbreaking book in which 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 she photographs 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 these 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, travel writer and author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Live and Travel in France.
Lone’s project “Women Unveiled” 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.