|Description:||This is the second portrait that I paid to have taken. The intentions within it are the same as 'Venus #1'.
By taking poses from traditional, and well know representations of beauty, and of the ideal female form, I wanted to present the issues of patient objectification, and the difficulties created by this common but accepted occurrence; particularly for a young female patient.
Sickness and hospitalization in some respects de-sexes and de-sexualizes, having to â€˜performâ€™ for your physicians daily, most of whom are unknown to you and whose presence is left unexplained. This appears to be an implicit agreement as soon as one is sick, and is one that is rarely questioned.
The fact that it is an â€˜outsiderâ€™ who has taken the photograph, puts the photographer and the viewer in the place of beholder, and thus the doctor or surgeon, attempting to allude to the role of the â€˜sitterâ€™ that the patient inevitably and unconsciously takes in the doctor-patient relationship.
The aim of the photograph, and the obvious references within it, is to raise and consequently question this dynamic.