New Book: Embody
Embody is a book about the art of seeing and loving oneself, in which Lone Morch examines and illuminates the light and the shadows in women's bodies, minds and psyches. The book is based upon the past 14 years of photographing a 1000 women of all ages, sizes and types. With a loving gaze, and with artistic nerve and poetry, the book reveals how women today work hard to discover and connect to their own bodies and inner sensuality, on their own terms.
Hardover, cloth, embossed titles with 176 pages, 110 black and white photos, texts in Danish & English.
You can get the book at Lonemorch.com's web shop. Use the link below. Let me know if you want personal dedication. Email for shipping outside of EU and USA.
From the Press (Danish & English)
Marin Independent Journal "Photographer's Book Helps Women Reclaim Their Sexuality," by Vicki Larson.
Flaskens Ånd, Poul Pilegård, Radio24syv: Blikket på den nøgne kvinde / Gazing at the naked woman. One hour long chat with Poul about my California life, the motivation, intent and discoveries from my intimate photography with women, and the things I say with the book, Embody. (Danish)
Cecilia Frøkjær's Author podcast: on the naked 'truth' and tenderness, and much more. (Danish)
BT WEEKEND "Kvinder slut fred med jer selv" - detailed write up with images and texts from Embody.
Aarhus Stiften on the intimate, revealing experiences of photographing nearly a 1000 semi-clad women.
DR Radio & TV March 10, 2018 - Photographer wants to give women their sexuality back.
Model Society Magazine 2016 - Unveiled, a feature and video interview about Embody and her work..
I share my personal photos to encourage women who've been hard on themselves, violated sexually or neglected their needs in service to others, to acknowledge and relish their feminine power and inner beauty! I hope men who witness this heartfelt work of art of Embody will see the women in their lives with new sensitivity and admiration. A more accurate and healthy perspective on being feminine in our culture is essential for more harmonious relationships between men and women, in all contexts. – Jennifer M., woman in the book
Lone’s book is timely and special on so many levels. The writing is as important as the images for they both tell a story… the gift of finding oneself. –Elizabeth Opalenik, photographic artist/educator, author of Poetics.
I found the Embody trailer captivatingly put together. It seems a liberating experience having full awareness of your whole being from head to toe, letting everything go, living purely in those moments around the camera clicking. Self compassion - something that’s very difficult to do these days. Perhaps it is true that it is easier to see the full picture of oneself through a photograph than through the naked eye. – Jo Hamilton, artist
Embody is a groundbreaking book in which Danish writer and photographer, Lone Mørch, captures the startling interplay of light and shadow in women's bodies, both inside and out, with artistry and intimacy. We are invited into each photo session, to see through Lone's eyes, which hold a European sensibility and a keen quest for a woman's truth. Lone encourages in the women she photographs a natural state of ease, so that the desire to be perfect loosens its grip. But she goes deeper, to gently slip underneath layers of cultural and personal coverings, to invite these women to experience a lifting of crushing expectations, an evaporation of anxiety, and to move beyond this to true liberation.
One woman for the first time imagines herself with a face, another moves about the studio discovering the joy of being in a body, knowing that it is temporary, aging, imperfect in so many ways. This book brings us to the space between these women's illusions of imperfections and the startling reality of their beauty, and as their rifts are healed, something unexpected happens: We find ourselves challenged to extend our own lives beyond the awkward split-second of perfection, to question our own myths, see ourselves in a different light, and—though this is a rare occurrence while reading a book—to be transformed ourselves. – Erin Byrne, travel writer and author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Live a nd Travel in France.
For a heterosexual man there's something nourishing, inspiring and titillating about looking at women. Dressed women, naked women, women partially hidden in the shadows or behind veils, women with no faces, ankles, hands, eyes... the feminine is captivating. All this you get in Morch's book. Clearly, this is a book of, for and with women. It wants to reclaim the female body and sensuality; and give us a glimpse into the female universe, motives, secret and stories. It is precisely its female orientation that makes it a relevant book for men, who want to learn about women. Helping us - even more - to look at women, not only with the eyes of desire, but also with a loving gaze. A lot tells me it's highly necessary - #metoo. - Bo Heimann
I have to say, you've made an all around fantastic book... beautiful photos, wonderful stories, not to mention the great quality of paper and binding. I'm very impressed and happy to own one of them myself. - Bent Nielsen, a collector.
In a culture where unclothed women’s bodies are all too often sexualized, Lone has allowed the women in her work to show themselves in the most intimate way, sharing that they are complete women, not just sexual objects; these are women who are comfortable in their own skin. There is a wonderful sense of freedom and playfulness in the photos, capturing the confidence and acceptance these women have of their bodies; a sort of celebration of their femininity. I believe many women would love the opportunity to have such captivating photographs taken of themselves in the nude, and Lone’s artistry and sensitivity allows women to explore that intimate side of themselves in a very liberating and safe environment. - Staci Hyatt
Embody is a masterful exploration into the vulnerability and power of women and its author, Lone Morch. Embody is also oddly about being ravishing, as well as being ravished by our own positive and negative relationship to our bodies. Though, most striking, is how the book unfolds to give us a new perspective on women and their nobel selves: in the end what makes us noble is how we move through the destruction of being ravished into a new chapter of our lives (in some cases through a relationship with Morch's lens). Be as fearless as the women and the author, and enter this book ready for your heart to open while your eyes pop - not from lust, but from the truth." – Sarah Kornfeld, author, curator, woman in the book
What a wonderful project. Strong photos that shows the female body in ways we rarely see and leave us with a lot of emotions. When the shamefulness of the normal is completely gone, the body is so beautiful and lovely, and it can begin to sense and be sensed in return. Wow. –Camilla Stockmann, journalist Politiken
The images are so beautiful! I love the way you are helping women recognize and celebrate their beauty. We need this!! – Jalaja Bonheim, Author, founder of CircleWorks.
Embody pulls back the curtain on women who are contemplating their own nudity, their own skin, their own beauty, on their own terms, in their own light, in their own shadow. Embody is about women's own freedom but also the extraordinary vision of the photographer who grants them the freedom to be viewed as they see fit. Veil by veil, woman by woman, image by image, page by page, Lone Mørch’s images reveal a healing vision for a wounded world, a gallery of women who feel safe enough to be at home in their own skin, proving that we long to see and be seen. As the mystery unfolds about veiling and unveiling, we are handed a key to the gift of beauty, that life-enhancing force that emerges out of a vision fused with love, and which is no luxury or self-indulgence, but an absolute necessity for the well-lived life. Seen in this shadow-strewn light, Embody is the promise of happiness. –Phil Cousineau, author and filmmaker
I'm overwhelmed with the rich depth and meaning in Lone's new book Embody. Her artistry, writing, eloquence, and exquisite photography seem to be coming together in a powerful expression of healing, helping and nurturing the so-called "feminine" element within all women and men. Lone's creations are dreams awakened, waking dreams, and indeed remove the veil between the visible and invisible worlds. – Grant Benson
A gorgeously shot and captivating set of photos of women of all ages, shapes and sizes - interspersed with stories of the women's very core, some feeling fierce, proud, and feminine, some feeling vulnerable, unmasked, and raw. I so appreciate this book for sharing and making visible -- truly embodying -- the wildness and eternal beauty of the human spirit, as seen with empathy and creativity through Morch's camera lens. Read about her own journey as an artist, woman, friend, wife, and daughter--- a lovely bedside book. - Monica Flores
I love your focus on sensuality and that you insist, that intimacy is for every woman, and the way you work with contrasts - between the raw and soft, the search for connection in some women's eyes and the inner focus in others, desire and innocence, black and white, the unpolished surroundings and the beautiful bodies. What particularly touches me about your book is the playful, sensual but also confrontational role you get to play in the women's lives, it's so liberating. A transformation the women could hardly achieve mentally, but only through experience. The paradox is that the photographic staging so often criticized for creating false self-images, in this case does the exact opposite. Finally, it's such a lush book - titillating, beautiful, sensual, tactile - and I love the feel of the green fabric cover. - Christina Prinds
Embody is wonderful Lone! My favorite photos are p. 140-141 and p. 166-167. Beautiful! You say that this book isn't for the male eye, but your words are important for all of us. I think you've achieved more than your original goal. Love it! - Mac, Tiburon
Women Speak About Being Photographed
A behind-the-scenes glimpse of Embody and Lone Morch's photographic explorations with women.