Artist Ben Hopper presents: “Natural Beauty”
Last month I previewed the first ‘official’ image from my long overdue project “Natural Beauty”.
Yesterday, I finally premiered 8 images on The Huffington Post, 6 of them was never published before.
You can see them below or go to the original post on The Huffington Post via link above.
Although armpit hair is a natural state it has become a statement.
Why is that?
For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal.
“Natural Beauty” could be classified as a type of protest.
By creating a contrast between common ‘fashionable’ female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair thoughts are intrigued and a discussion is made.
This project has been in the works since 2007 but only lately I realised the aesthetics I was happy with.
With this studio setup I can focus on the idea with no distractions. It took me years until I was happy with the aesthetics, it’s quite funny. I preferred to wait until I’m 100% satisfied with it.
Again, the idea is contrast. The images are much more powerful that way. At least in my humble opinion.
Currently looking for more females to photograph. Please email me if you’re interested or have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are few examples of the photos I’ve taken since 2007:
I’d like to thank everyone who have been a part of this project and been very patient with me. Special thanks to Isaac Saul @ HuffPost.
The project is photographed on a Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 camera.
I will post more images from the ‘research’ phase in the near future.
Since the publication of the project on HuffPost on April 7th, the project has been getting press worldwide.
Here’s a list of the ones I’m aware of so far:
Aktuálně.cz (Czech Republic)
Arco da Velha (Portugal)
Codigo Nuevo (Spain)
Coyote Chronicle (CA, USA)
Creative Life (Czech Republic)
EL TIEMPO (Colombia)
HuffPost FB main
HuffPost Women FB
ITV Loose Women
La Repubblica (Italy)
Le Figaro (France)
Life Behavior (Brazil)
Lost at E Minor
Melty Fashion (France)
Noticias Caracol (Colombia)
Schweizer Illustrierte (Switzerland)
Sin Embargo MX (Mexico)
Sin Embargo MX FB (Mexico)
Women’s Rights News FB
Yahoo Canada Shine