Bosahan Woods | Emily Pinard

Emily Pinard is a photographer based in East Sussex. She has recently set up Pin Sharp Magazine, an online platform showcasing visual artists from and in the South East of England. She recently graduated from Photography at Falmouth University and continues to develop her own personal projects, all while looking after dogs, working in kennels and volunteering at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne. She regularly returns to connections between nature and the female body to consider. Here, she shares a photo series taken in Bosahan Woods, in Constantine, Cornwall and shares the story behind it in her own words.

Women have historically been a representation for sexual desire / love,and are often illustrated by male artists. This project portrays the way in which women are reclaiming their power through the ideals of body and landscape merging. The chosen location of Bosahan Woods, historically a mine and quarry, would traditionally have been associated with the power of man through physical toil, whereas these powerful women have been placed in this environment to show the vast lapse in time creating a ‘new history’ through utilising photography as the time-based medium.

Beauty is subjective, whether it be referring to natural landscape or the human body. However, when using photography as a visual platform, we begin to develop an acceptance of what beauty means to the individual. My images aim to portray the nude body mirroring the natural landscape, while also echoing the linear shape of nature through curve and structural appearance. 

When we are naked we are all at our most physically vulnerable state, therefore any sense of hierarchical power is lost and a liberating sense of togetherness and harmony is granted. The rawness presented in each image distinctly mimics the rawness of the subject matter, and how photography has pushed boundaries to show the naked body for what it is in plain sight. My images, whilst allowing the viewer to be captivated by the boldness before them, comment on the lack of hierarchy and, as a result, infers that we are all the same when pared down to the core.    

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