Naomi Blakeborough is a third year photography student at Leed's College of Art who's work revolves around exploring female form, identity and sexuality. 

Encouraging her audience to think about and discuss more taboo topics relating to women and girls, Naomi creates work using still life photography in "advertisement-like" studios. GENZINE got a chance to get an insight into Naomi's journey of embracing her sexuality and her message to women who feels society's pressures relating to their sexualisation. 

From eleven years old I knew what it felt like to be sexualised and I thought that this was to be expected and normal, so I accepted this. For the next six years I would talk about being catcalled and groped by classmates as if it meant that I was cool and respected. From eleven years old I also had sexual feelings, I masturbated and had desires, but I would not tell people about this until I was fifteen because that’s when I realised guys found it sexy. It was not until I turned twenty and went through CBT that I really accepted that my sexuality belonged to me, that I didn’t owe guys anything and that it wasn’t shameful. Before that I lived in fear of it, I thought being openly sexual meant that I was asking for it, I accept my sexuality as part of who I am now, but for a long time I tried to control it and this impacted the way I lived and my self worth. 

These images are a celebration of female sexuality and form in its own right. It’s a reminder for anyone who suffered or is suffering from being sexualised before they understand their own sexuality, that their sexual experiences and desires are important and that we should talk about them, because if we don’t talk about them more girls are going to spend a decade of their lives, if not longer, battling with the contradiction of being sexualised, but not being allowed to be sexual in their own right without expecting shame or negativity. 

"The first set of images explore the taboo issues adolescent girls are confronted with, such as desires/masturbation, slut-shaming and menstruation. What I am trying to achieve through creating these images is to not only expose that these are factors that effect teenage girls and are stigmatised negatively, but also by photographing them in this style I hope to distract from the negative connotations, creating space for new, more accepting interpretations of menstruation, sex etc."

"The second set of images are the visuals I created to synthesise with my dissertation on censorship and obscenity surrounding the female form and sexuality. It's a set of images celebrating and reclaiming the female form as something positive, which is often unfortunately not the case. I literally threw female sexuality a party!"

You can find more of Naomi's work on her website and Instagram 

Jasmine Wallis