Photographer celebrates beauty of common skin conditions with make-up free portraits

28 May 2018, 10:08

Epidermis photo series

Because beauty is more than skin deep.

While beauty standards are thankfully beginning to become more diverse, one area that has yet to break it's ideals on perfection is skin.

Having a glowing, pore-less and blemish free complexion is still classed as beauty goals while anything outside of that is rarely shown yet alone celebrated in the media.

Well one photographer, Sophie Harris-Taylor, is out on a mission to show that women are beautiful flaws and all with her latest photo series, Epidermis.

Capturing and interviewing 20 women with common skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea, Sophie gets her muses to bare all in make-up free portraits.

Inspired to create the project after her own experience with acne, the UK photographer explained how the shoot is helping to break the stigma around skin conditions and how beauty is more than just skin deep.

Speaking with Blinkart she said, "I wanted to create a series of work that empowers and allows women to love the skin they’re in regardless of what condition they have.

"Suffering from severe acne throughout my teens and 20’s left me incredibly self-conscious and I longed for ‘normal’ skin. Normality is de ned by the images we see all around us. We are led to believe all women have perfect awless skin - they don’t.

Having found her models on Instagram, Sophie revealed that the shoot was the first time that some of them had dared to step out of their houses make-up free.

She said: "Whether not shown or simply disguised, many women suffer from conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema and most of these women feel a pressure to hide behind a mask of makeup, covering up what actually makes them unique. Here these beautiful women proudly bare their skin”

To add to the honest beauty of the photo shoot, each woman also gave a short testimony on their skin-loving journey so far.

One Epidermis model, Charlotte, said, "I can see that vulnerability but instead of belittling it and interpreting it as a negative thing, I think it comes across as powerful. 

"Usually, we take pictures from our best angles to hide the things we dislike, but these pictures confront those features and make you realise that maybe those things really aren’t that bad after all."

Absolutely stunning, ladies.