Unless you have been living under a rock or in some alternate social media-free universe, you would've heard Donald Trump's heinous "locker room chat" comments undulating over airwaves this week, causing women to choke on their cappuccinos in disbelief and bygone suffragettes to turn in their graves.
After a week that will go down in history as a low point in gender equality, I thought it fitting to offer some visual relief in the form of ten female photographers turning the lens on the fairer sex and celebrating the sisterhood. Raw, uncensored and evocative, these images symbolise a departure from the traditional 'male gaze' representation of women in art as the submissive damsel in distress, whose body is owned by her male counterpart.
Consider this imagery an antidote to the chauvinist buffoonery of late, a hallmark of women's liberation, fleeting moments frozen in time that rattle off a cheeky F-you to the universe. Pin them to your visualisation board and take those lady boss vibes with you everywhere as an invisible anti-bad vibes cloak of armour.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Amanda Charcian's ethereal imagery presents us with a fresh way of seeing the female nude. One of the main concepts in her work is an idea she calls a "pheromone hotbox," which became the name of a recent critically acclaimed showing of her work alongside other female photographers. In her own words, this is "the specific idea of what happens when a woman photographs another woman intimately, and the biologically confounded process our pheromones go through during that time." These complex sensual, though not explicitly sexual relationships lend a tension and an allure to her incredible images. @amanda_charchian
Mayan Toledano's photography embraces feminism, featuring empowering portraits of women from all cultural backgrounds, including her native Israel. In her recent intimate series of teenage Israeli soldiers, Mayan was looking to redeem a small piece of her teenage girlhood during which she served as a soldier herself and was stripped of all cultural "feminine" symbols. She has an eye for capturing femininity, enhanced by a dreamy pink colour palette and wrapped up in the hazy glow of nostalgia. @thisismayan
London-based Juno Calypso's photography is self-portraiture meets performance art, based around a fictional character called 'Joyce'. For her 2015 Honeymoon series, she took Joyce on a solo trip to a Honeymoon hotel in Pennsylvania which she describes as "a pink 1960s gothic nightmare", which made for the perfect backdrop to explore the value we place on marriage and women's changing attitudes towards it. @junocalypso
Steph Wilson is a fashion, fine art and portrait photographer and based in Hackney, London. She says of her work "My current theme of work, which I try to merge into my editorial shoots, has found itself based around constructs; social constructs of etiquette, gender, sex and beauty. Reconstructing these generic limitations of something deemed gross or inappropriate is what currently drives me: making something acceptable out of the taboo, something ugly out of the "beautiful" (or vice versa)." @stephwilsonshoots