Sometimes our search for love leads us to places we would not have discovered otherwise. Can we love others without loving ourselves deeply first or can self-love start from external love? And does it even matter. Love is love after all.
Melissa Katherine is a creative portrait photographer based in Sydney, Australia who passionately explores themes of self-love, acceptance and feminist power via portraiture.
“As a female photographer I can't help but be an activist. It might be subtle and many might not even notice, but I present my subjects in a way that sends a message of defiance. As women, we are not here to be judged, sized up or criticised. We are simply here. To be visible in our many forms of beauty is a big 'fuck off' to the patriarchy and the mass media's narrow ideals. Take selfies, be in front of the lens, be visible! Always and in all ways.”