You’re probably familiar with the ‘male gaze’, a term coined in 1975 by feminist critic Laura Mulvey, and you’ve certainly come into contact with it if you’ve seen a single film, photograph or television show in your lifetime, so pervasively masculine is the point of view of most cameras. How does the depiction of a female nude change when shot by a woman, and how are these notions of ‘gaze’ changing as gender is accepted as a more permeable divider?These themes are central to photographer Maisie Willoughby’s new exhibition , the result of her spending the last decade capturing women “in various states of undress”.(This first sentence says nothing eye-catching about the woman and is very bland, and boring). (still, nothing thought provoking or attractive) I am very spontaneous and I love the outdoors, watching movies, dancing, and traveling. (Finally something somewhat interesting that she says about herself).(Another cliché statement that is being used by thousands of other women) A great date can be staying at home with a movie and popcorn, or a night on the town. I made myself a promise a few years ago to take a vacation somewhere new, out of state, every year. Well, that is a little about me if you are interested say hello and we will chat. ” *********************** This profile gets a higher grade because it reflects on the writer’s character and her personality.So how might male and female viewings of the portraits differ?“I find it difficult to separate how a man should view these compared to how I should view, as a woman,” Willoughby explains.
It creates a culture in which men are always assumed to be the consumer of media.It started off as a hobby, but through photographing more and more women her “understanding and interpretation of the female gaze has fluxed, particularly when addressing female sexuality and nudity.” It’s easy to assume that putting a woman behind the camera simply leads to decreased sexualisation, but Willoughby doesn’t think it need negate the results’ sexuality.“I honestly believe that these images still resonate sexuality,” she told us.It’s a bit negative and has a few red flags but other than that – it’s not bad!“100% Italian, fun loving, affectionate young lady who knows what it takes to make a relationship work.