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Barbara Hazen,

Mill Valley, CA

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT by Barbara Hazen “If you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty will become blurred, awkward, and ugly. Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing.”-John O’Donohue I began this project as an exploration into my personal feelings about feminine beauty and identity when my daughter asked me in an interview if I thought I was pretty. Answering this question honestly was more difficult than I’d expected. In short, my answer was that I felt that I was ‘perfectly imperfect’, because beauty comes from within. I feel that beauty is far more complicated than our physical selves, but rather includes our mental, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social selves as well. This is what I wanted to capture in photographs of women--their inner beauty emerging out of their physical body. The strata of light in these silhouettes are a metaphor for the ephemeral layers and illusions of what we look like and what we imagine, or wish we looked like. Beauty is a personal and private journey for every woman to learn to live in her own skin, letting social expectations fall away, allowing her own sense of beauty and individuality to emerge.

85 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA

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