Imperfect Project stories
I started this project to produce beautiful photographs of women of all shapes and sizes, young or old, big or small, with tattoos and scars, those who love their body and those who really don’t. The idea was to provide these women with an opportunity to challenge themselves, end a period of self doubt or recrimination and to experience something that would make them feel empowered and ready to take on the world. A new beginning.
Hi Quintin, thank you so much for the pictures, – for me they are beautiful, never expected them to be like this! When I first saw the project on your website, I knew it was something that I wanted to do.
I have always had a problem with my body, never liked to see myself in pictures, and by taking part of this project, it has changed my whole mindset!
The experience was liberating. Stripped of artifice there is nothing between you and the camera. The lights and the glare highlight everything and there is nothing whatever to hide behind. As a result, there is immense freedom in learning to be yourself in the space, just who you are, wobbly bits and all.
Comfortable and body in my vocabulary do not go – it never has, if I absolutely had to say what about my body I was most comfortable with I would probably say my eye colour. Don’t get me started on the things I’m most uncomfortable with, lets just say I don’t own a full length mirror and it’s taken me 3 years to be comfortable around my husband naked.
This project presented me with the perfect little full stop I was looking for, to signify the end of a period of isolation, introspection, self doubt and recrimination. A period in which I realised how closed off to the world I had become.
I really needed this. Something big to challenge myself, find myself and love myself at the same time. I also think every woman needs this. Women need this to express themselves, to say HEY world, I’m a woman and I may not be perfect, but I’m perfectly beautiful!
It is not everyday you get asked to do a nude shoot, so I was between falling off my chair in disbelief and laughing out loud by the sheer craziness of this idea. It took me a full day of mulling over the idea to decide to do this – the nerves and craziness really meets half way.