Photographer Tabitha Barnard describes her upbringing in a heavily Christian, feminine-dominated family as a serious affect on her most up-to-date photographic discover. For the past six years she has been photographing her sisters (and now her partner’s sister) at their family home, documenting their transition from girlhood to womanhood. Her photos are laced with traces of her childhood, addressing subject issues of femininity, religion, and ritual.
“A lot of the fairytales and fantasies I be taught as a child were disguised morality lessons, warning of calamities and punishments that would befall girls for his or her missteps,” she explains. “In my photos, I explore the myths and fairy tales that emerged from our childhood expertise and reflect the systems I research femininity, spirituality, and sexuality now. . . In this fantasy, we are free to exercise a particular stage of defend watch over or vitality no longer afforded to us in quotidian existence. In this fantastical dimension, there are no longer any punishments.”
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