[A]shley Armitage is a photographer we like. Through delicate and hazy aesthetics, she presents stages of girlhood so often derailed by the sexualisation of a male gaze. Here, Ashley captures the phases of growth into young womanhood, tampons and all. We asked her some questions about reclaiming the female gaze.
“My work is an exploration of what it means to represent femininity through a woman’s viewpoint and not through a man’s fantasy. I focus on the routines and traditions associated with girlhood. Applying makeup, painting nails, getting dressed, and gossiping are “girly” activities that are often reduced to cliché and ridiculed as superficial, vain, and catty. My work is an attempt to reclaim these activities, and see them in a positive light.”
Follow her on Instagram @ladyist and see more of her work on her website.