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 something so revealing. 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.’
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