The Unveiled Book
We all live veiled lives. Some veils conceal, hide and protect. Other veils seduce, soften, draw in, and let us retain a bit of our mystery. Certain veils we spend lifetimes lifting. Others are so flimsy, we barely notice them. In Unveiled, women undress in front of the camera to discover their freedom to see and be seen.
Since opening Lolo’s Boudoir in 2004, hundreds of women have come to Lone Mørch from wide and far to be photographed, nude. Unveiled shares the story of the intimate encounter of a photographer and the women, and the unexpected interplay between photography and therapy. The book consists of a collection of 120 black-and-white photos of women of all ages in various stages of unveiling – from feeling shy and awkward to fantasizing and finding freedom. Alongside, behind-the-scene stories offer context and contrast to the images, revealing the process by which women have shed stories of shame and found ease within their own skin.
This project asks questions like: Who is the woman behind the veils? What stirs beneath the skin? What would female sexuality and freedom look like if untainted by cultural projection? Where are we still hiding?
While the book doesn’t give finite answers, it touches upon the veins and vanities than run beneath the skin and allows women to contemplated their own nudity, by veiling and unveiling as they want to. It moves our focus from body image obsession to having a real relationship with the body. In this book, the woman have come alive, not only to the camera’s curious eye, but also to their own, asking, who am I now?
Ultimately, Unveiled is a photographic rite of passage and book about awakening – to our skin, our hearts, our aliveness. An evocative, lush and thrilling book, it offers an important artistic and literary contribution to a cultural dialog of and about women and the ownership of their lives – and bodies. Unveiled is everywoman's story, bound to get under your skin.
Mini-doc about the project
Lone’s project “Women Unveiled” 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.
What a wonderful photo 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 Politken
Unveiled 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. Unveiled 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, unveiling is the promise of happiness. ~Phil Cousineau, author and filmmaker
The images are so beautiful! I love the way you are helping women recognize and celebrate their beauty. We need this! ! Jalaja Bonheim, Author of many books on the feminine and founder of CircleWorks.
Unveiled 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 studiodiscovering 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 and Travel in France.
I found the ‘unveiled’ 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 and musician
I'm overwhelmed with the rich depth and meaning in Lone's new book Unveiled. I feel that her artistry, writing, eloquence, and exquisite photography seem to be coming together in a powerful expression of healing, helping, supporting, and nurturing that 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
Unveiled is a masterful exploration into the vulnerability and power of women and its author, Lone Morch. Unveiled 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
I share my personal photos in Unveiled 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 Unveiled 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.
Lone is not a photographer, she is a very dedicated artist with a big purpose: she wants to free people from the artificial lids we put on ourselves. She has done an extraordinary job with her beautiful, deep and sensual work Unveiled. And she is a woman worth following: she will no doubt continue to surprise us, teach us, remind us and love us with her camera, her words, her energy and her wisdom. I had the privilege of working with her, and I have only just begun experiencing what a playdate with her can bring about. My warmest recommendations. ~ Kirsten Stendevad author, speaker, 21st century leadership mentor.
Model Society Magazine featured this project in their 3rd issue, June 2016. Click to see the magazine spread, learn more and purchase the magazine, and listen in on this video, where I in an interview with David Bolt, the founder of Model Society, about my work and project.