More than simply part of our bodies, breasts represent sexuality, motherhood and femininity. Their primary purpose is to feed our babies. At the same time, in Western culture they are considered a woman’s single most significant sexual attribute. They can be erogenous zones. Yet to others they bring disappointment, inconvenience, and even health problems. We see images of breasts everywhere in the media and yet ‘real’ breasts are taboo, hidden away. I decided to create Bare Reality because I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between women’s personal lives and how they are depicted in the media; between how we feel about breasts privately and how they are presented for public consumption. Bare Reality is, for me, the inevitable result of being a woman, a feminist and a photographer.
For two years, I photographed and interviewed women about their breasts, bodies and lives. The project concluded with the publication of a book, Bare Reality: 100 women, their breasts, their stories, and exhibition in 2015. Since then I have been invited to speak at events about Bare Reality, hold workshops in schools, created a play of the book, and collaborated with Stella McCartney on a bold and beautiful campaign #NoLessAWoman to promote breast cancer awareness.
Appearance on Loose Women:
“Bare Reality is an extraordinary book – Dodsworth describes it as ‘100 photographs, 100 stories, 100 acts of feminism’ –unflinching in its portrayal of the female form.”
Read some extracts from the book in The Guardian
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