Self-Portraits

Self-Portraits
by Jen Davis


In this body of work, I deal with the insecurities associated with my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others. Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my struggles and thoughts in regards to the society in which we live. A society that dictates beauty based on ones physical appearance.

 

In my photographs I aim to raise questions regarding beauty, desire, body image, and identity through a focused observation of my personal story. I have built a relationship between the camera and myself where I transform the act of taking a photograph into a performance for the camera. My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and the other part consists of made up fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire.

 

Through the act of photographing I invite the viewer into my private life, exploring the vulnerabilities that I carry associated with a life-long struggle with my body, feelings of isolation, and the battle to recognize beauty.

 

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Comments (31)
  • Christina  - So moving!!
    I just wanted to say thank you. You are so beautiful.. These photos bought a tears to my eyes. This took a lot of courage I'm sure and you have inspired me. Thanks again.
  • Barb  - I feel your pain
    Loved your beautiful photos and your statement. You are an excellent photographer!
  • Héctor Mauricio Castillo  - Fotos para mis ojos de muchas miradas
    Excelentes fotos, de un mismo personaje, en diferentes escenarios on diferentes discursos, donde plasma en cada uno quien es.
  • Lisa W
    Wow, these are amazing photos. The composition of every single shot is perfect. Inspiring.
  • Jez
    Beautifully honest and beautifully shot....
  • Ricardo Roig  - my comments
    Beautiful pictures! I appreciate and interpret a double courage. The first is admit your discontent with your body and the attitude that brought you to have it in the shape that it is, and the second is to show it with great artistic abilities, that gives you back the strength to overcame any low self-steem and use it to grow. Thank you
  • Norma Ordieres  - Que belleza
    Que belleza de serie, me tocó el alma, me hicieron llorar. Intimas, que lindo conducen las imagenes a una intimidad real, no se siente montada.
    Felicidades Jen Davis
  • Lindsay Derecola
    I absolutely love your images, they are beautiful and an inspiration to me. Your use of light is stunning and I'm curious as to what your techniques are or what you favor when using light? I'm currently a student studying photography and I am open to any suggestions and insight. Thank you!
  • Xquenda de la Cruz
    había visto muchos autorretratos, sobre todo los típicos de clase ególatra. en esta sesión hay de todo y estoy segura de que muchos vimos la indudable belleza que se esperaba mostrar, sobre todo por lo de la inseguridad, me identifico en ese aspecto, pero vaya, hasta me motiva. quedé fascinada.
  • Cristina
    genial! me encanto las gorditas tambien podemos ser parte del arte :D
  • alex58391
    Hi your pictures are awesome, you look beautiful....
  • john snelling  - NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION
    YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. HONEST. FRANK AND VERY SKILFUL WITH THE CAMERA.
    JUST FANTASTIC STUFF
  • Paulina Gtz  - Hermoso
    Independientemente de lo que diga mucha gente una cosa es segura, tu mensaje se transmitió, el cual para mi fue sublime.

    Me encantó, así de simple. Refleja tantas cosas que no sólo en un estado físico como ese aparece, no es por un defecto, son miles los que nos detienen a diario.

    Amé de verdad cada una de esas fotos que entrañan sentimientos que van más allá de la belleza externa y mira que este trabajo es bello.

    Gracias por compartirlo.
  • mazuco
    sincero & espontaneo
    me encanta
  • mazuco
    sincero & espontaneo
    me encanta
  • That Guy  - Vomit
    Bad idea...
  • Mauricio Bárcenas Arellano
    El contexto en general es increible, la composición de luz, colores y formas te hacen pensar, creer y que puede existir. Por otra parte el rostro y medio cuerpo acostado, juntos en composición es excelente.
  • Jose Manuel  - Introspective
    Asombroso dominio de la luz, autentico hilo conductor de tu relato interior.

    Muchas gracias por compartirlo.
  • Mariana
    Do be very happy, Jen.You deserve it.
  • jennie  - Brilliant
    O My! Your use of light, colour and the very personal, intimate subject matter has made for some beautiful and startlingly frank images. Thank you for sharing your talent and beuty.
  • Kurt Kessler Dias
    Beautiful work. Very very inspiring.
  • Sandra Castillo  - Love it
    Love the lighting of all your photografies, so intim, just love it!!

    Amé la iluminación de todas tus fotos, tan intimo, simplemente me encantó!!

  • Sonia Katchian  - Bravo! Brava!!
    Thrilling to enjoy your honesty, your passion, your sorrow, your beauty.

    [Author of 'Women See Woman', 1976]
  • Bird
    This is a breath-taking body of work you have created. Well-done. I look forward to seeing your future work.
  • Sarah
    You are beautiful and you have captured that so well. I am also in love with your settings. They make me want to be in the picture. :)
  • David  - íntimo
    gran trabajo, bellas fotos, muy íntimo,

    saludos,

    David.
  • Noelle  - beautiful
    You are beautiful. Great job. :-)
  • Anonymous  - Thank you Jen
    I can tell you, for sure, rigth now that I feel 100% identificated with all these awesome shoots. Thank you for being brave enought to do such a splendid art work and dare to show your self in this very beautiful way.
    Congratulations! You've blessed with a very valuable talent. Please, show it to the world.
  • Lisa Samloglou
    Touching in her relation to the surroundings and in her relation to the light, or as she turns to the light, like a sunflower, 'a girasol'...impressive in its dignity as she stands or looks, 'consciously unconscious' of the other' s gaze, entrapped in her own gaze of herself...
    But the most engaging for me is the honest & daring statement of craving for the male,of her desire for the warmth and intimacy of the other... estupendo Jen Davis!!
    Lisa
  • shengyuan hsu  - a battle to the world.
    u r brave, honest and deeply telling the story through the body and pictures.
  • Gabriel Ulloa  - Comentario
    Hola:

    Muy interesante propuesta, el balance entre lo real y lo imaginario de la historia visual nos permite viajar hacia tu interior.

    Gracias por compartir.
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