the everyday feminine
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the everyday feminine works to reframe the way femininity is portrayed in photography, rejecting the use of the male gaze to present the raw, natural, and real side to feminine identity. Photographing my roommates as we spent Winter Quarter socially distancing in our small off-campus apartment, my work documents the lived experience of the three of us throughout the term. Culminating in an exhibition with almost 50 photographs, my aestheticized imagery is complemented by a collection of vernacular images submitted to me by 29 different women across multiple social circles. While my work represents a fairly singular experience of femininity, each woman who participated in this project asserts her strength as a female individual. As a whole, a small community was built, sharing the confidence that arises when women are in charge of how they are represented. the everyday feminine emphasizes the small ways identity is tied to the self, as femininity is reinforced through habitual actions completed for oneself rather than the objectifying eyes of the outside world.