Belle de Jour II  |  2014

My recent work as a photographer focuses on portraits of women that are used as a vehicle to explore and challenge deeply entrenched standards of beauty. I am interested in images that are imbued with sensuality and render my subjects physically and emotionally compelling. In 2002, I created the first Belle de Jour series, which is a photographic portraiture project depicting women in various states of undress, masquerading different roles. In continuity with my longstanding interest in the human portrait and the female figure, Belle de Jour II once again focuses on women as my primary subjects and explores ideas concerned with age, beauty, sexuality and female empowerment. My aim is to emphasize plurality and difference by photographing an array of women from various walks of life and age groups. Belle de Jour II is an extension of the original series and a more in-depth study of contemporary representations of the feminine.