Strippers in Edinburgh

This exhibition is another topic close to Jannica Honey’s heart; the use of the female body in the sex industry. When Honey photographs the human body she not only captures the external physical aspect, but allows the lens to penetrate deeper into the soul of those captured by her.

In this body of work she focused on photographing not only the public perception of strippers, but allowing a glimpse of the private aspect of this line of work. Here Honey captures the whole process from preparation in the dressing room to the end of the night through a female perspective.

“For a time, in the ‘80s, I’d collect porn in a shoebox. Nothing to do with a primal fix, just pure aesthetics. As a child, I was mesmerized by the naked bodies that stood out starkly against the soft focus lens and harsh back light. In view, there were basket chairs, body hair and sometimes that badly disguised milky white skin hue. For a photographer, it was the greatest screen show on earth. But by the mid ‘90s, these images had disappeared. Close shaven women, authentic tanned bodies, airbrushed eyes. Porn had become sterile and for this project, I wanted to reconnect with the women in the picture. The aim was to tell the story of all their lives. Photographing lap dancers felt like a natural process and it also connected with my first degree in anthropology. I wasn’t interested in ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ stereotypes. For me, the people in my photographs, all of whom work at The Sapphire Rooms, are just a diverse, compelling group of women I got to know.”

Thank you to all the women at Sapphire Rooms in Edinburgh and Alex Smith who made this project possible.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/city-strippers-keep-their-clothes-on-and-reveal-all-1-1775526

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