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Art: Naked Britain


By Chris Close - Posted on 08 February 2018

Event details
Time: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:30am - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Gallery-Close
Telephone (info): 
07740-870579

As a fashion photographer, Amelia Allen works in an industry obsessed with body image, one that focuses on the most flattering way of covering bodies. It was therefore an unusual and refreshing step for her to move into a world where the body is completely liberated, devoid of styling and stripped of fabric and fashion. People are no longer defined by appearance and are free to connect as equals, regardless of wealth, occupation or social standing.

In her book, Amelia explores the reasons behind the unique and controversial status of naturism in today’s society that often associates nudity with sex; to Allen that association is a harmful misconception. She says: “It is interesting that the sight of a naked child is perfectly innocent, but from puberty onwards nudity becomes somehow indecent. In my book I want to share with you the liberation and empowerment that naturism can provide in a completely non-sexual way. The sense of fun and freedom that naturism seems to bestow on its followers is extraordinarily infectious and I like to think I have captured the raw beauty of that.”

Amelia Allen is a fashion, portrait, and documentary photographer. She was born in 1995 in the South West of England and now lives and works in London. Having made the decision not to go to university, she moved to London at the age of eighteen and started an internship in fashion PR and photography. She has been photographing shows, clothes, models, celebrities, and Fashion Week every season since she was eighteen. She has had work published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Private View : 3rd March 2018

Gallery Opening Times : Wed – Saturday 10am-6pm and by appointment

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