Polly Penrose specializes in taking herself naked pictures in uncommon places and positions creating art photography.
Using a self-timer and her own strength, Polly Penrose’s images detail a beautiful relationship between her nude body and different places.
How elaborate a pose can you construct in the ten seconds between pressing a camera’s shutter and the split-second when the photograph takes? This is the operative question in 10 Seconds, an exhibition comprising four series of work by Tim Walker protégé Polly Penrose, whose oeuvre was on display in London.
Penrose’s nude self-portraits are as striking as they are atypical, portraying the photographer suspended from a TV stand in an empty bedroom, or perched awkwardly in an archway. Polly Penrose shoots herself in difficult positions, revealing the weight of expectation on other women.
Looking at Polly’s photographs, you’d never think there was a shred of self-doubt. Logging onto real estate websites to scout out the most interesting, abandoned locations, and using her nude body as a self-described prop, her work is strong yet serene as she drapes over and between lounge chairs, under a staircase or nestled “like a turkey” between two walls.
When she began taking photos ten years ago her own self-doubt almost got the better of her. “I always wanted to take photographs but I never did. I did everything before I did photography,” she says. “I just thought I need to know how to use a camera first of all, so I started photographing myself – wherever I could find, I would shoot.” Realising she had a penchant for a nude selfie, she swapped her PA job for Ewan McGregor with a studio management position at Tim Walker’s, before going it alone to balance motherhood and her ever-growing portfolio of work.
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