My submission to an upcoming zine project with the theme of 'body confidence'.
I liked the idea of approaching the image with ambiguity. I wanted to show something that could be seen in multiple ways, depending on the viewer and how they see themselves in relation to the image. They may see themselves in the focal figure, sat on the bathroom floor in her underwear, painting her toenails. It's, I assume, a fairly common scenario, but an intimate moment; one people rarely encounter or share with others. They may see themselves as an outsider, the viewer. She could seem beautiful, or she could seem a little pathetic and lonely.
The intention is that, depending on the person, this image could be seen as a positive (someone doing something to feel better about themselves), it could be seen as quite depressing (as though painting her toenails is insignificant and won't fix anything), or perhaps even funny, as an observational piece, in a bleak, millennial-humour kind of way.
I don't feel as though the zine subject is something that personally means much to me at all, but - as with any brief - I wanted to engage the audience sincerely. To be raw and emotional but subtle, and not provocative.
Will update with photos if it gets published.