You’ve seen thousands of images of women’s breasts before — but none quite like these.
Photographer Laura Dodsworth asked 100 women, ranging from ages 19 to 101, to bare their breasts as part of her project “Bare Reality” — the result is a series of strikingly beautiful images of real, untouched breasts in all different shapes and sizes.
Dodsworth told The Guardian her mission is to “rehumanise women through honest photography.”
“We see images of breasts everywhere,” the photographer says, “but they’re unreal. They create an unflattering comparison but also an unobtainable ideal.”
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Dodsworth interviewed each woman as part of the project — and counted cancer survivors, a priest and a lapdancer among her subjects.
She told The Guardian she came to realise through the project that breasts are more than just a body part — often having a deeper and more significant meaning than she had anticipated.
“I found that, while breasts are interesting in themselves, they are also catalysts for discussing relationships, body image and ageing,” she said.
“I realised that this had become an exploration of what it means to be a woman.”
What do your breasts mean to you?
Laura Dodsworth is a photographer, feminist and creator of the inspirational project Bare Reality. She has just launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a book using this photo series; you can find that link here.