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Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 Sekor C wide open
Mamiya 645 Super 1/500th handheld
Kodak Portra 160VC @100
Better results overexposing in shade.
This is the beginning of a feminist project I've just started. This project is going to focus on make-up, the mask that we (as a society) force women to wear. It's not that make-up is in itself bad or evil or any silliness like that. Make-up is one of the most obvious symptoms of patriarchal oppression. It shows that we value women only for their beauty, for their bodies.
Go out to a restaurant, a mall, a church and look around. Every woman there will be wearing make-up and none of the men will be, because we value men for other things. As a man, my role is not to attract a partner who will support (and dominate) me for the rest of my adult life. It's not because make-up is feminine and not wearing make-up is masculine; make-up is just colored dirt. But for women, the expectation to wear make-up to be accepted is so strong, most women won't leave the house without it (and wear it at home).
My intention with this series is to depict the woman with her individuality and face covered up, only the make-up is visible. I believe that's what make-up does without the bag. We teach women from birth that they aren't as intelligent, they aren't good at math, they're emotional and illogical, they should be taking care of the children... This has got to stop. We've fostered a self-image for women that needs the make-up to feel confident, to feel pretty. They need that because they know they won't be valued as intellectual equals. And why not? Because we've all been taught that they aren't, but it simply isn't true.