These photos are all from a project that is ongoing called, “Not For Your Consumption,” or “NFYC.” This project was born out of a frustration at the way women are consistently sexualized, and it has traumatized us into believing our bodies are not our own. The artist’s statement from this project is below, and if you’d like to learn more about this project or view it in its original format, you can click here, or by clicking the Blog link at the top of the screen.
“Sexuality, we are told, is a weapon to be wielded and directed; it is to be used for self-protection, as a tool for negotiation. We are told to keep our sexuality hidden, to reveal it only when necessary. Visibility reduces its power, depletes our ammunition.
This narrative is wrong.
Our sexuality is a language. It is a form of self expression. It is a tool of empowerment. In a way, it is our truest, most-authentic self. And that self should not be kept a secret.
This project aims to document, through the art of boudoir portraiture, the sexual journey of ordinary people, of all genders, sexual orientations, and body types. Each shoot is a snapshot of the sensuality of my subjects – it is their expression, and theirs alone. These models are retail employees, IT professionals, sex workers. They are None Of Your Business. This project, it’s not for you.
And by engaging with this project, you are not consuming this art, you are participating in their journey.”