Hannah Altman Photography
Hannah Altman is a 19-year-old photography student at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, who has produced this photo series “And Everything Nice”, an “unflinching analysis of the standard for female beauty”.
“”And Everything Nice” is an unflinching analysis of the standard for female beauty. The ongoing series consists of women in states of affliction; the body fluid of the models have been replaced with glitter to visualize the concept of girls invariably needing to seem attractive regardless of the actual situation.” (Altman, H)
I think this body of work is amazing! I’m slightly jealous that I didn’t think of an idea like this! It’s everything I’m trying to convey in my assignment, only I’m questioning the need of women to dye their hair due to societal pressures. This body of work can only inspire me to carry on developing my ideas and researching around the sexist pressures upon women in our society. I’m thinking about carrying on photographing after this assignment to create another body of work. I feel like I must carry on, I haven’t finished my visual journey within sexist gender roles and feminism. It seems to be a subject I have grown to be passionate about.
“What is your project?
The series is an unflinching analysis of the standard for female beauty. The ongoing series consists of women in states of affliction. The body fluid of the models – which includes blood, tears, and vomit – has been replaced with glitter in order to visualise the concept of girls invariably needing to seem attractive regardless of what is actually happening in each scenario.”
“What message did you hope the photos would give?
The project is intended to be a pictorial representation of the unreasonable female standard of beauty. By creating set-ups that would normally be considered grotesque would it not be for the glitter, the sparkle stands out because it is the only facet of the photo that is abnormal. The women models do not seem to acknowledge the glitter as something any different than natural body fluid, which supplements the idea that women have been conditioned to go to any length in order keep up an attractive appearance. The project is meant to raise the awareness of such a ridiculous standard, and to question its morality.”
“What has the reaction to it been?
I published the photos on to my Tumblr on 15 Feb to a modest amount of followers. The intimate project quickly began to circulate, and in 24 hours had gained over 130,000 notes. What began as a personal project shot in a college dorm has turned into a relatable and relevant statement that calls the perception of beauty into question.”
Hannah Altman (2015) Hannah Altman Photography [online] available from http://www.hannahaltmanphoto.com [1st March 2015]
Warren, R (2015) A woman has shown the damaging expectations of female beauty by using glitter [online] available from http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/a-woman-has-shown-the-damaging-expectations-of-female-beauty#.jyL0r6g8A [1st March 2015]