“Natural Beauty”: New photo project

Maya Felix
Maya Felix

Last month I previewed the first ‘official’ image from my long overdue project “Natural Beauty”.

Yesterday, I finally premiered 8 images on The Huffington Post, 6 of them was never published before.
You can see them below or go to the original post on The Huffington Post via link above.

Although armpit hair is a natural state it has become a statement.
Why is that?
For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry, encouraging hair removal.

“Natural Beauty” could be classified as a type of protest.
By creating a contrast between common ‘fashionable’ female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair thoughts are intrigued and a discussion is made.

Update: Since the HuffPost release I continued to photograph more pictures for this project. I am updating this post as well as the gallery on my website. Scroll down for more info.

Alessandra Kurr. Designer.
Slant Array. Model.
Olivia Murphy
Ruby Bird
Emilia Bostdt
Rakel Lindgren. Actress, model.
Ayan Mohamed. Graduate architecture student.
Fruit Salad
Louise Raines
Charlie Barker
Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.
Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.
Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.
Cassia Chloe. Performer, artist.
Emily
Stephanie Tripp
Gabriela Eva. Musician.
Gabriela Eva. Musician.
Daniela Gale.
Daniela Gale.

This project has been in the works since 2007 but only lately I realised the aesthetics I was happy with.

With this studio setup I can focus on the idea with no distractions. It took me years until I was happy with the aesthetics, it’s quite funny. I preferred to wait until I’m 100% satisfied with it.
Again, the idea is contrast. The images are much more powerful that way. At least in my humble opinion.

Currently looking for more females to photograph. Please email me if you’re interested or have any questions: therealbenhopper@gmail.com

Here are few examples of the photos I’ve taken since 2007:

Amanda Palmer. Musician. “Natural Beauty” research (2010).
Maleficent Martini. Singer, ballet dancer, model. “Natural Beauty” research (2009).
Suraya. “Natural Beauty” research (2011).
Julianne Popa. “Natural Beauty” research (2011).
Justyna Neryng. Artist. “Natural Beauty” research (2009).

Limited edition prints of “Natural Beauty” are available for purchase:
£400 for 30” x 24”, Edition of 5 (50% OFF for first 1 purchased)
£200 for 24” x 20”, Edition of 8 (50% OFF for first 2 purchased)
£100 for 16” x 12”, Edition of 21 (50% OFF for first 3 purchased)
£50 for 12” x 9”, Edition of 55 (50% OFF for first 5 purchased)

C-type prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper with a semi-matt finish.
Signed & Numbered by Ben Hopper.
Shipping worldwide.

For print purchases / press inquiries please contact me directly on: therealbenhopper@gmail.com

I’d like to thank everyone who have been a part of this project and been very patient with me. Special thanks to Isaac Saul @ HuffPost.
The project is photographed on a Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 camera.
I will post more images from the ‘research’ phase in the near future.

Since the publication of the project on HuffPost on April 7th, the project received press worldwide.
Here’s a list of the ones I’m aware of so far:
Aktuálně.cz (Czech Republic)
Andro (Greece)
AOL
Arco da Velha (Portugal)
aufeminin (France)
Bored Panda
BUST
Bustle
BuzzFeed
BuzzWok
Codigo Nuevo (Spain)
Cosmopolitan (Germany)
Cosmopolitan (UK)
Coyote Chronicle (CA, USA)
Creative Life (Czech Republic)
crushplate
Dagens.dk (Denmark)
DailyMail (UK)
Delbart (Norway)
DesignTAXI
EL TIEMPO (Colombia)
ELLE Serbia
Emol (Chile)
FITFLAIP FB
Glamour Magazine
GQ (Germany)
HLN (Belgium)
HuffPost (Germany)
HuffPost (UK)
HuffPost (USA)
HuffPost FB main
HuffPost Live
HuffPost Women FB
ITV Loose Women
La Repubblica (Italy)
Le Figaro (France)
Life Behavior (Brazil)
Lost at E Minor 
Mako (Israel)
Medical Daily 
Melty Fashion (France)
Metro (Russia)
My Daily 
N24 (Germany)
Noticias Caracol (Colombia)
Panorama(Italy)
PlayGround Magazine
PolicyMic.com
Quil Magazine
refinery29
Reshet (Israel)
RocketNews24 (Japan)
Saloona (Israe)
Schweizer Illustrierte (Switzerland)
Sin Embargo MX (Mexico)
Sin Embargo MX FB (Mexico)
Slashed Beauty
Stern (Germany)
Telegraph (UK)
The Gloss
The Hodgetwins
Visual News
Vivas (Finland)
Women’s Rights News FB
Yahoo Canada Shine
Yahoo Lifestyle