Embody: Intimate Photographic Encounters With Women

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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. 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, on their own terms.     

Embody is based upon Lone Morch's confidential, intimate collaborations amongst women during the past 14 years and offers a rare peek into women's private landscape and thoughts. 

Women of all ages, with all kinds of reasons and hopes, how found their way to Lone's studio. They've undressed before her camera, literally and metaphorically, to experience and explore their own bodies in a new light. In this playful and non-judgmental space the women have explored the many expressions of beauty, sensuality and the erotic. They've found the courage and freedom to see themselves, and be seen.

Embody contains 180 pages, 110 black and white photos, and texts in Danish and English

Women Speak About Being Photographed

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of Embody and Lone Morch's photographic explorations with women. 

EARLY ENDORSEMENTS

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.

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