In a world where there seems to be a photograph of a physically flawless woman everywhere you look, the journey to self acceptance can be a long and tumultuous one.
But for photographer Samantha Geballe, learning to accept her body was made particularly difficult when she had gastric bypass surgery in 2014. “I had no idea what I looked like,” she says of the months after the procedure.
“For some time after, I couldn’t manage my thoughts around my body. I didn’t recognise the person reflected before me.”
She was “two adults smaller” after the surgery, but what resulted was a sense of alienation. She felt intensely disconnected from her own body.
Geballe started photographing herself a year before her surgery, and has continued the project in the years since. The result is a fascinating and rare insight into the realities of weight loss surgery, and the physical and emotional implications.
"It became a way of being kind to myself," she told Refinery 29. "I continue to photograph myself now because I need to see. I need to see myself. I want to understand and accept myself."