Alice and her Sisters, North London

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Caitlin with letters, Swansea 

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Johanne and I, Copenhagen 

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Izzy and her Mum, Nottinghamshire

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Cecilie and I, Copenhagen

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Klinik Mehlsen, Frederiksberg

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Caitlin, Swansea

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'Mrs Ryalls Please Take A Seat' - a performance

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The women here, myself included, are part of a community interlinked by a disbelief regarding our chronic health conditions as a result of the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2007 and now accounts for more than 60% of all reported adverse reactions - It is the second most profitable vaccination in the world. 


The project began in Denmark, meeting and connecting with girls and their families in Copenhagen. Before progressing into England and Wales, the work took on a new purpose - what began as a visual exploration of my own disjointed community, soon became a cathartic release and means of expression for us all. I began to work with self portraiture and experimenting how the self-portrait can change the dynamic of photographer/subject relationship. The girls were never seen as my subjects, more my collaborators and we began to make photographs together. 


The project has now grown to encompass more and more layers, making it hard to define as anything other than a visual diary. Bringing together a collection of photography, performance and documentation, visualising a geographically disjointed and often misrepresented group of females - we work to reclaim our own narrative.


In our current social and political climate anyone who questions vaccinations are deemed part of the ‘anti-vaxx’ movement, which is said to be one of the biggest threats to our society. I continuously strive to change what the camera can be for us, making it an instrument for expression as oppose to exploitation. The project juggles the 'anti-vaxx' stereotype, alongside the ‘hysterical woman’ ideology, which has haunted women’s healthcare for decades and continues to do so. 


When I step into frame alongside them I feel their muscles relax, I feel their breathing slow and I know this is how we should be working to represent ourselves. To be truly seen, away from a political spotlight, this visualisation needs to come from within.



#3 Burial, Yorkshire Moors

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#4 Burial, Yorkshire Moors

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#5 Burial, Yorkshire Moors

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#7 Burial, Yorkshire Moors

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#8 Burial, Yorkshire Moors

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