Just back from a great day at Roches - Positive Appearance and Well Being to take part in their International Alopecia Day event. There were makeup sessions, Indian Head Massages, Embrowdery, prizes and competitions. Anne Roche and her great team pampered us all for the day and together with Bianconi's, kept us fed and watered on what turned into a warm, sunny afternoon here in Dublin.
As part of the day, I showed my An Uncommon Beauty work, which I projected large onto a stairwell wall and was also able to informally present my framed prints and books to those who attended.
Shortly before lunchtime, I gave a talk about the project i.e. the process and my own personal experiences and learning. It made me realise that the project is still quite fresh and that I need to spend a little time to reflect upon everything I went through. Equally, that despite the fact that the actual shooting is over, the project itself is somewhat ongoing.
I had only finished mentioning John Berger, men act and women appear, the male gaze etc. and as Berger says:
You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure (1973, p51)
etc., when I popped into a little newsagent next door to be greeted with the following sight (men act and women appear). It is always interesting to see how men and women's hands (in particular) are presented and positioned on the cover of glossy magazines:
A great day and the first, but not the last International Alopecia Day event at Roche's.
Thanks to Anne and her team for allowing me to be part of the day and to those who attended, sat and listened to me - but more importantly, questioned me.
Berger, J. (1973) Ways Of Seeing. London: British Broadcasting Corp.