Milly: When I found out about Jai’s 'I am mine project' I knew I wanted to be part of it straight away as I fully support the idea of self- love with exposure of female nudity. This has come from feeling increasingly body confident due to taking ownership of my own body and learning to love myself. I started taking photographs of myself nude/semi-nude and sharing them online in the last 6 months as a way to accept my own and body and strengthen my confidence. Making the choice to do this without thinking or caring about how people might judge has been very empowering. Being nude in front of Jai wasn't an overwhelmingly scary process as I have always felt comfortable around her and relaxed in our close friendship. However, the biggest task for me was posing and forcing myself to put certain body parts I'm not quite so comfortable with in the shots i.e. My bum/thighs. After around 5 minutes, I didn't feel so forced to maintain a 'perfect look' and actually relaxed when I remembered my natural state was what Jai was looking too shoot. I am really happy and proud to have been a part of this project and some of her photos of me have become my favourite images of myself now. As clichéd as it is, I really did feel empowered of others seeing my naked body and loved the idea of the other women in Jai's shoots attempting to overcome their own issues and being proud of their bodies after.
Jai: I Am Mine is a feminist photography project addressing the complex issues of autonomy and censorship of female nudity in photography. Recognising this complexity, it aims to open up discussions about body image, self-love, sexuality, and empowerment. Combining these ideas, I have attempted to take images of my friends through a female gaze. All of the women photographed in this project are friends of mine that have chosen to be photographed nude or semi-nude. This project aims to give us a platform to be proud of our nakedness and create an open space for discussion and inspiration. By being photographed in our own personal environments, we are making moments of vulnerability become acts of empowerment. Attempting to gain control over our own photographic representation, we are taking ownership of our own bodies and presenting ourselves without shame or fear of judgement.