Welcome back for another post 🙂
I recently viewed (online) Sophie Harris-Taylor’s photography series “Epidermis”, a work which displays images of different women with all their insecurities and “imperfections” laid bare, attempting to show who these women are without any make-up on.
Sophie Harris-Taylor aims to show that normality is “defined by the images we see all around us” and flawless skin is the goal encouraged by society- but in fact, most women do not boast “perfect” skin, and in actual fact we should be celebrating flaws instead of hiding them.
These photographs shine a light on conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. I love how the photographs display these women with their skin completely uncovered, unashamed to be who they are.
Each of the photos in this series features a different woman, and she has her own “insecurities” or “imperfections”. These range from rosacea to acne, and really showcase the normality of skin conditions, showing that everyone has some kind of insecurity or skincare issue that they often try to hide from the world.
These were really interesting and touching photographs to view. By displaying the women in the photos as completely bare, Harris-Taylor makes an important point about female vulnerability, insecurity, and the intense beauty standards pushed by society.
As someone who suffers with acne, I found these photos touching and unique- it’s so lovely to see the arts appreciating different forms of beauty, tackling issues people are often too nervous to discuss. I love seeing the “imperfections” and “flaws” portrayed in the arts, showing that we’re all human.
It can be hard to feel completely confident in a world of make-up and intense beauty standards, especially when women in the media are constantly represented as perfect, with flawless skin. But Harris-Taylor’s work shows a different side to these standards, and her message of skin confidence is inspiring and relatable.
Have you seen this fantastic photography series? Would you consider checking out Harris-Taylor’s work? What are your thoughts on skin positivity?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x