(Note: “The Housewives” was a term I fondly coined in 2006 after I started getting shoot requests from private, individual women who became my clients. Many of the women who contacted me were married and in their mid 30’s and were doing the shoots as gifts to their husbands. The folder in my archives is still called this and so I’ve stuck to it, in part just for the irony: most of these women are not “housewives” at all, but strong independent and forward thinking women who I have had the honour of documenting.
All are private commissions and the demographic has changed substantially over the years. Some I’m still in contact with, others I’ve totally lost contact with, some have become friends, some may wish not to have their real names used, others don’t mind, some may have their faces obscured for privacy reasons, others have generously shared their experiences of being photographed.)
I met and worked with Susan in December of 2009 in studio at Ruth Prowse School of Art while I was still part-time lecturing there. Her shoot was predominantly based on a story of different lingerie outfits and some nudes (which are the ones Ive included in this post).
The images, I believe, were made as a wedding gift for her fiancé. I would later document their wedding as well.