A Date with Venus
'A Date with Venus' explores connotations of the female nude, particularly young females and their relationship with a heterosexual female photographer. The entirety of the project was photographed in my bedroom studio where this heightens intimacy between photographer, sitter and spectator. Many of my sitters were surprised to be asked by a female as patriarchy inflicts the view that the female body is used as an object of sexual pleasure solely feeding the male gaze. The unusual nature of taking nude photographs where neither sitter or photographer are sexually attracted to each other eliminates sexual motive and is a means to purely study the nude where unfamiliar relations are experienced. This project explores intimacy, beauty, the gaze and questions the nude.
Emily Amesbury • Matthew Angell • Lydia Barnard • Scott Bradstock • Rachel Gaffney • Nisha Haq • Sarah Katz • Rosie Knightley • Sophie Rabey • James Robinson • Joe Rose • Rebecca Sharplin-Hughes • Davie Walker • Chihin Wong •