Reclaim My Body
Reclaim my Body is an exploration into the use of tattoos as therapy to help people deal with significant events in their lives. This project developed from my own personal struggle in dealing with my mother's breast cancer and how I used tattooing as a way to reclaim control over the situation. I realised this was a popular phenomenon happening amongst my peers and that others were also getting tattoos as a way to reclaim control over their emotions. From here, I decided to develop this into a photographic series that would highlight how the process of tattooing has changed over the last decade from predominantly body art to art that promotes emotional healing as well. For this photographic series I worked with participants who's tattoos dealt with the most powerful of human emotions. I asked them to write their story and then allow me to photograph their portrait and tattoo. This resulted in a project that documented people who have utilized tattoo therapy as a way to reclaim their bodies and mind from uncontrollable situations.
Ieva Baltaduonyte • Joseph Carr • Brian Cregan • David Doherty • Brendan Grimes • Rachael Hegarty • Caroline McNally • Tracy O'Brien • Sinead O'Neill • Katie O'Neill • Lauren Pritchard • Lyndsey Putt •