Louise Mae, 25 years old living in Antwerp. Graduated as a fashion stylist and art director but now further exploring photography.
I am very in touch with my femininity and love being a woman. In today's society being female also represents an internal struggle for me.
Things have gotten a lot better for us in certain areas but we are still being treated as objects of desire more than we are treated as equals.
There are not enough female leaders or women in positions of power and media continues to reinforce the idea of women as sexual objects and beautiful beings. I have chosen not to alter my images further than cropping, the image you see is how I perceived it in that moment. My work explores the vulnerability of being naked and exposed, the feeling you get when you walk the streets alone at night or when men undress you with their eyes and minds.
Anonymity is a recurring theme for me and my work. In a day and age when women's bodies are so sexualised and everything is available at the click of a button I like limiting the information the viewer receives, leaving them wondering. There's a certain vulnerability and sensitivity in my work that I as a woman strongly relate to, there's also a certain 'rebellion' in not revealing who they are actually looking at, as I explore the question "are you still exposed if no one knows it's you?"