Women’s Perspective: A theoretical feminist term that represents the view of a female audience, character, or director of a work of art. The view of women is not to forbid sex, desires and fantasies, but to show that these things can exist without objectivity.
Meet Libby Cooper, 19 year old nude photographer and creator Born to be naked project- a chain dedicated to creating a safe space to celebrate nudity without being obscene. Libby’s art aims to change the narrative around nudity, creating a raw and realistic portrait of the human body.
As well as taking inspiration from renaissance imagery, Libby tries to restore it with a female look and works primarily in nature, in part because of its unpredictable nature – natural light and adventure. Save finding places is some fun in her process.
“Before I was a nude photographer, I was a music photographer shooting gigs and festivals, and then suddenly we were locked in. There were no festivals or gigs to photograph, and I felt so low and unfulfilled. No matter what I try to create at home, there’s nothing like going out and working with other people. So I decided to start planning a project as soon as I could get out of lockdown and work with people again, thus my Born To Be Nude project was born. . I knew I really wanted to create something out of the ordinary and completely different from the work I had done before. My first nude shoot was at Morden Hall Park, with an amazing woman named Dami. After that shoot, I never looked back at music photography – the passion I had for the work I just created was unlike any I’ve felt before.
“The vast majority of people who pose nude for models understand that being naked in front of the camera is one of the most vulnerable states you can experience, so it’s important to treat it like that. so. I often leave my classes to make new friends, which is what I love so much about my job.
“I mostly find my audience by sharing an appeal for something pretty random like ‘looking for a model, having fun posing nude with snails’ or ‘I’m also looking for a snail breeder’ slug” and people will text you from there! If people have a specific idea in mind and they want my help to capture it, there is also the option to schedule a shoot through my website.
“Finding a suitable location is one of the hardest things about the series – it needs to be quiet and secluded but also has beautiful scenery! Usually we’ll go really early in the morning or visit a quieter place in general. The earliest I got up for a nude photo shoot so far was 4am (a nude scene with Lewes on a walking path). I’ve walked the dog for a few blocks, but people don’t seem to care. Either they’re curious and want to know what you’re doing, or are so British that they pretend they haven’t seen anything!
“I received a lot of feedback from the Born To Be Nude project, but definitely more positive! I didn’t expect this project to grow to what it is, and I still can’t believe it. I get incredibly kind messages and opportunities, like this one! I also get weird messages from an incel or two, which I’ve learned to laugh at!
“My friend Ciara was the first to point out that my pictures show nudity without being sexually suggestive. It made me think – that what I created resonated with someone other than what I saw as myself. Since then, I have found more meaning in my work and I feel as though I have matured as a photographer. For me, much of this depends on my intentions. Because of the way I conduct the shoots, the intention is self-actualizing, as I photograph models through a perspective that celebrates all different body types! I wanted the models to see themselves presented in a relaxed, natural, and peaceful setting, and from an angle they might not normally see.
“I was very inspired by the image of the renaissance, but I wanted to show it through a woman’s point of view. I’m also very inspired by nature, which I think resonates with my work.
“Covid has impacted my work in the best way imaginable, I have found my style and the work I truly love to create. Even though it was one of the most difficult and unhappy periods of my life, I will always be grateful that it gave me a moment to stop and realize that I don’t love music photography.
“The most frustrating part of being a nude photographer is the online censorship – it is extremely unfair. I actually lost my account recently due to ‘community guidelines violation’, although I always ensure correct moderation, because I want my work to be shared!
I feel as if there should be no censorship, or that everyone should be subject to it, not just women. “