c o - c r e a t i o n
celebrating female form and its ability to engender new life
in in light
the process of being photographed
When it comes to me personally being naked – it’s not really an issue. I am a very free person but because my partner who I am with is not. He was not feeling good about me being naked and that’s why I brought my swim suit with but then I didn’t even put it on because I feel why do we have to be shy about who we are it's how we were born its how things were originally. If I go back to my roots to where I originally came from which is the Khoisan culture, we never wore any clothing. the men used used to go out hunting and we would have some skin around the bottom part. But my man doesn’t come from a Khoisan background. He’s very staunch. He grew up with his granddad who is Muslim so he has that mentality of you need to be covered up. That’s where we differ – we are complete opposites.
The photographs they weren’t as bad as I thought they were going to be because I was very worried about the nakedness, I thought they were going to looks a bit pornographic but they aren’t at all. They are very different. The whole effect of the light and the water – the magic that comes out of it was quite amazing to see.
In some of the pictures I look like a baby but I look so mature in other pictures – like a woman who has a whole life. It’s like I was being reborn there but on another level – a spiritual level. We are growing all the time but you don’t think about it – it’s only when you stop and look at these pictures it’s like wow – something is changing in you – wow. The beauty in life is that it changes all the time.
I saw oh my arse is starting to look like my mothers – not good. But I won’t think about it too much, I suppose its all part of the bodily changes. I see the African womaness in me – I am not a little girl anymore. I am a woman and I don’t necessarily look at myself in that way – I still feel like a girl but now when I look at those pictures I see myself growing into womanhood, what does that mean – I don’t know. But I guess that’s all part of the learning.
The more I am looking at myself the more I am seeing my mom and what she must have gone through. I don’t think I really respected her and what she had to go through. But as a child you don’t know what mommies have to go through so everyday. I am learning how to respect, how to love and give and accept. I think in this day and age we definitely have it easier than before.