I had the idea to shoot Vulva Landscapes after filming and photographing a water birth. I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time and had no idea what I was in for! After the birth I was both amazed by what women’s bodies could do and enraged at how that most intimate part of ourselves has been so dishonoured. At Woman Fest this year I hoped to create a safe space for women to celebrate their vulvas. It takes a great deal of courage to participate in such a revealing project. Women came to the workshop for different reasons; curiosity, to feel accepting of themselves, magnificent even about a part of them that has experienced cultural/social shaming and violence by strangers and their partners. One woman who had recently had a baby said she wanted to stop feeling broken. After their portrait the women told me they felt ‘happy, surprised, growing, independent, empowered, womanly and proud.’
Vulva Landscapes is now being developed into a touring Gallery Exhibition in collaboration with artist Hester Berry. http://www.hesterberry.co.uk
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