Tell me a little bit about how the concept for Naturally Beautiful arose.
My photography has always derived from personal experience and observations, often using myself as the subject. I wanted to take a step back from the self and examine the influences currently shaping the ideals and identities of young girls at a susceptible age. Whilst developing the series I was a casual babysitter for two girls aged 9 and 11. Spending time with the girls after school and having discussions with them centered on image, beauty, magazines and popular culture, I started to observe the influence generated by female pop stars.
Is this idea of beauty and influence something you will seek to challenge further through your photography?
Definitely! I’m constantly intrigued by the ever changing idea of identity. Both women and men are faced with heavy gender expectations in today’s world and we are all subject to social conditioning on a day to day basis. I have always had a strong focus on the female experience throughout my work and it will continue to influence my ideas and practice in one way or another.
Read the entire interview on the Lucida website – here.