Getting out of the way
Originally, I didn’t want to include anything about myself in the project. It’s not about me. Not anymore than it’s about you.
I just wanted to get out of the way, so that we could see ourselves for ourselves. Images make that possible. Images without captions especially.
That’s why it needed to be a book of vagina portraits. Close-up, documentary photographs of the everyday vagina in plain view.
This way, you would write the story. In your head, while you’re viewing the vagina portraits, and if you wanted to talk with others about it, you could do that. I’d love for you to do that actually. I just don’t want to tell you what to think. Or how to feel about it. There’s enough of that all around us. Pushing us to conform, by agreeing, or staying quiet.
I just want you to be able to see for yourself. How we are all different.
That normal is diverse.
Images make that possible.
So, when my friend asked me the question, this was answer that she deserved. At least, that’s how I see it. I still don’t want to include much about myself in the project, but I think I took that too far the first time around.