MAIDENS: KIELE, KYLIE, STEPHY, SOPHIE & ELISHA
PHOTOGRAPHER: KIELE TWAROWSKI
LOCATION: SAVANNAH, GA
"More often than not, women in art (and most other facets of life) are seen through a very specific and filtered lens - the male gaze. Women are taught to cater to what pleases men visually. I want to explore this idea by questioning and turning this cultural norm around and showing women from another woman's perspective. Playing off the idea of the male gaze, the series is titled (Fe)male Gaze. Through my work, I want to allow women to be in control of their own image, their own sexuality, and their own body. In a society dominated by men, it's important that women are able to strive for equality by deconstructing harmful societal norms, especially through art. (Fe)male Gaze is a series exploring the concept of femininity. Through a very raw portrayal of womanhood, I deconstruct the way society normally views women. Through my empathetic lens, I create a desexualized view of women, and rather seek to portray women in a realistic manner. A juxtaposition of still lifes and cropped in portraits help to emphasize the rawness of being a woman. I choose to not include the identity of the women to show that women experience these qualities universally. These are not unique instances; it is just that we do not typically see them portrayed. There is a certain intimacy that comes from a female photographer photographing another woman. In this series, I seek to view and capture other women in a positive and intimate light to show that our bodies, our hair, our blood, and our sexuality, is nothing to feel ashamed of."