A Body of Work is a series of nude self-portraits, each taken using a self timer. The work is an exploration of the body and its abilities, its strength and agility. The images are as much defined by the location as by Polly's form; the work is about the relationship between the body and its surroundings, and the reaction of the two towards each other. The locations are often unknown to Polly before the shoot, resulting in honest and spontaneous photographs.
Oxford I, June 2011
From the series A Body of Work
Polly Penrose studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She went on to work in Fashion Styling and after that worked for the photographer Tim Walker. She has always taken photographs, but started to take the practice seriously when she entered and won a competition held by the London Photographic Association in 2008. She held her first solo show, ‘A Body of Work’, at the Downstairs at Mother Gallery, London, in May 2014, and was part of a group show, Dear Sylvia, at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, March 2015. Her work has featured on Dazed Digital, The British Journal of Photography, The Huffington Post, Hunger TV, Feature Shoot, Forth Magazine and The Wild.
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