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Like many young girls, I used to dream I was beautiful, a princess adored by others. When I grew older, I realized this was a dream I shared with almost everyone.
Many people develop an extreme relationship to their bodies. Some struggle a daily fight with their image. Many become obsessed. The body serves as an exhibition space, a way to be seen and desired, to make money and survive. It is a tool to achieve your dream.
Four years ago, I started to look for people with an interesting body-history. I found them everywhere: On the subway in Berlin, in the lift of my hotel, in a gipsy-village in Hungary, or on the Internet. Through photographing these people and their society, I hope my project will say something about our relationship to our body, on a personal and social level.
The essay includes single shots and pictures that are a part of different reportages. As a photographer working on different fields in many parts of the world, I always find myself returning to reportages that are dealing with different body issues. The stories are continuously published in the newspapers and magazines I work for, and at the same time the collection of pictures for a future body book is growing. I think this is quite a functional way of combining personal and professional work.
Andrea Gjestvang is a Norwegian photographer based in Berlin. She is a freelance photographer covering Europe for the Norwegian Daily Verdens Gang, and is constantly working on larger documentary projects. She is a new member of Moment Agency.
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Many thanks… david alan harvey