Self-Portraits; Unconsciously Inducing a Process of Self-Love

Leeds based artist Alexandra Hayter focuses on self love and intimacy within her work, with this series being a collection of polaroid photos and scans that reflect and engage with a process of self exploration. Alexandra describes the images as being “a documentation of my attitude towards myself, which has developed from a feeling of frustration and confusion to a state of acceptance and self worth.”

Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter
Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter

“Every day is lived within the self, although this is not an everyday recognition. I aim to explore myself, focus on how I feel and the subtleties of how I express that. Honesty is a key feature of my self-portraits, each captured with minimal construction. I consider not solely my appearance but emotion too; an image taken just before an afternoon nap, the moment before I shut off the world around me, a used face wipe – removing a mask of sorts. I lay my body bare, strip it down, not with aggression but with curiosity and appreciation.

Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter
Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter

By focusing on both the exterior and the interior, the process of the self-portraits has been a cathartic one. They have produced a self-love that allows me to come to terms with what is true, without deeming any aspects negative or requiring change, simply acceptance of what is there.”

Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter
Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter

Instagram @alexandra_hayter

Website www.alexandrahayter.portfoliobox.net

Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter
Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter
Self Portrait Polaroids by Alexandra Hayter

Words & Photography by Alexandra Hayter.

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