Jen Davis Documents Her Life-Long Struggle with Obesity

By: Megan Facciuolo - Jun 2, 2014
References: jendavisphoto & designtaxi
Many people struggle with obesity, but Jen Davis, a Brooklyn-based photographer, decided to document hers. In her poignant series, the photographer takes self-portraits of herself at her most vulnerable and lonely moments.

Since, 2002 Davis has documented her life, so her body weight varies in many of the photos. Over that time-span, she struggled with issues regarding beauty, identity, and body image. However, she claims that by doing the project, she could "control a world of beauty that [she] created and inhabited."

Some of the pictures include her clad in undergarments, sitting alone on the beach, and solemnly getting dressed in the morning. "I couldn’t necessarily identify with the idea of someone seeing me as ‘beautiful,’ but I could accept that the pictures that I created were," she said.