This is the one of the images I exhibit at Canon Malta, the title is “The Visible Personification of Absolute Perfection”, it is a self-portrait. I know what you are thinking, the body is not perfect like the title. I want to share a story with you, my personal story. From all these years I photograph women. Woman in all ages, all sizes and shapes. I asked majority of them one questions, one question before the photo shoot, “What parts of your body, you feel particularly conscious about, the parts you don’t like, it doesn’t matter where it is if you have anything, just tell me.” I would even make example. For example, loads of women will tell me they don’t like their arms, can I make them look slimmer. I would say,” Yes, of course, I can slim them down just by lighting and posing.” Some would say, “I don’t like my profile because my I don’t like my nose.” Some would tell me they don’t like their legs, they think they are too big or too skinny. And almost, almost everyone would say the tummy. Almost every single woman would tell me they don’t like to see their tummy sticking out. They are very conscious about it. Almost each and every one of them said that.
About ten years ago I was travelling a lot. I lived in Italy more than two years, during that time I travel around Italy a lot. The two particular place I love are Rome and Florence, both places have loads of nude statues and you can see all kinds of sizes and shapes of statues and that is just amazing. From my observation, they are the most gorgeous humanly like body figures. And I will say lots of them have a little bit of tummy. I feel that is something very natural, and that really fascinated me, how the artists would make these statues,
so humanly like. The most extraordinary part is because they are so humanly like.
That really fascinated me. Because if you really think of it, if an artist wants to draw a picture of Apollo she/he would want to draw something perfect, a perfect male figure shows the absolutely perfection, like, no human can ever achieve that perfection. But they made the statues like real people, that just fascinated me and they’re so stunning, beautiful and gorgeous. I just love watching the paintings and statues. The fascination gave me this idea of having this self portrait done. I do it for myself and the people who understand this.