This series is the product of the 2014
Young Photographers Alliance Mentoring Program, the theme of which was “Boundaries.” When the program’s theme was announced, it was congruent with a time when there was prevalent, open online discussion about what it meant to be a woman in a man’s world. Being able to read about the experiences of other women, and in turn share experiences with my female friends, made me feel connected, supported, and especially inspired to create work that interpreted this conversation in my own way. I was particularly determined to express the idea that oppression of women does not just occur in extreme isolated incidents (violent rape and physical abuse) but can also be felt in lesser forms during the day to day.
In this series you will see one woman, an average young professional, depicted in routine daily situations. The concept of male entitlement is represented by male arms and hands performing a variety of actions that are overwhelming intrusive on her body and her life. In each situation she maintains a blank expression, a visual choice that demonstrates how conditioned we as women have become to accept this atmosphere as excusable and even normal. A slightly hyper-real post processing style was implemented to emphasize that these actions, whether large or small, all perpetuate the idea that “woman” does not mean the same thing as “human.”
Some final thoughts on the reaction to the series here.
BuzzFeed | Mic | Bustle | PetaPixel | Al Jazeera | Elite Daily | Cosmopolitan | Cosmo UK | Hello Giggles | Good | The Telegraph | HuffPost Women | HuffPost Canada | HuffPost Germany | She Knows | Design Taxi | Inquisitr | A Day Magazine | Buzzly | Skats.LV | VS.hu | Non Stop Journal | City Free Press | Kliker TV | Women24
View the end result below and scroll all the way down for videos on how the project developed.