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I started in the Photographic business in the late 70's as a Boudoir Photographer and over the course of the last forty years I certainly have noticed a subtle, but very interesting change in the populist woman's view of self.
Our culture is introducing a new woman along with a new narrative. "I'm a NAAASTY WOMAN!"
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With all of the many cultural changes and demands women have embarrassed, some have come with a bit of a price. I get that. For many, daily life is struggling to keep that competitive edge in the corporate world; and for others, they are having to sadly function as both Mom and Dad within their family unit, but at what price exactly?
Who is this NEW Nasty Bad Ass Woman?
It is not easy to balance all of life's challenges and rewards without losing small pieces of self along the way.
Time seemed to always be the unidentified culprit . . . "There is just never enough time in a day to give much attention to self." For most women, paying attention to self meant an intense focus on ones dress size or the new crows feet she just discovered in the morning mirror.
Today I believe we are seeing a very different culprit slowly creep into the lives of many women stealing their intimate connection to self — a very Dark
THROUGH MY LENS
by Penelope Bent-Lippincott
I have been photographing women professionally all of my adult life. This year marks my Fortieth year in this industry; and needless to say, I am so very grateful for all the amazing women that I have shared this exciting experience with, and for all that I have learned.
My camera lens has been a very intimate and private doorway into the lives and the emotions of the women I have photographed; and I thank them all for trusting in this most intimate and creative process.
I began shooting in the late seventies and early eighties as a Boudoir Photographer and then on to Fashion as the years passed. Being one of the very few female shooters at the time allowed for a much more honest narrative and collaboration with my clients.
Through those early years, I learned how to angle and adjust my subject for that "Perfect Picture;" but more then that, I learned "Visual Design." I also learned about a woman's spirit, illusion, and light.
I learned the Art of a Woman's Individual Style and how her Style Transitions with age.
Here is what I learned Through My Lens.
Angry thread of Resentment — and tagging along, not far behind, is a nice little neat dose of crass Aggressiveness.
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I fear many women view themselves today as warriors preparing for life's great battles, looking for the strength to endure, and moment by moment wander further and further from the Knowing of Self and the glorious well of Personal Strength and Intuition.
I don't believe a woman will ever find her perfect stride through anger and resentment. Do we really have to be a "Nasty Bad Ass Woman" to receive our hearts desire?
Do we have to "Lean into Life" or can we take just a moment to "Re-Connect" to the "Private Intimate Strength" we all possess — standing strong, self-assured and confident of our abilities and our place within this glorious thing called life.