For 40 years Lucy Hilmer has been photographing herself in her “birthday suit”. She started on the day she turned 29 in 1974; she took “several photographs that day, but the one that stood out was an image in her underpants.”
I recognized that person more than the skin-deep girl posing in the other frames of film … That girl in her underpants was vulnerable, open, awkward – she was me.
I’ve been very excited since I saw these photos yesterday.
I remembered a moment when I was about 12 or 13 on a summer evening looking at myself in the wardrobe mirror in my bedroom. I remember seeing how beautifully I was made. I saw the delicacy of my arms and shoulders, the bloom on my skin, my new breasts. I saw the exquisite perfection of it all. There were many times later when I didn’t see it, when I misused it and didn’t honour it. But there had always been that moment and it’s still with me.
Take a look at the other photos of Lucy by clicking the link below to the original Huffington Post article. And take a look too at the most popular comment by a man named David. This is part of what he says:
I find it particularly satisfying to see the strength of personality evolve over the years and to note that although the body changes, the spirit becomes stronger. It’s a welcome perspective, particularly in our youth centered culture which instructs us to fight the aging process of the body while ignoring the reciprocal benefits of time on the mind.
This is the link to the article: Every Year Since 1974, This Artist Has Photographed Herself In Nothing But Her Birthday Suit.
Image: Lucy Hilmer