originally on Instagram (@t.spellen):

I think it’s important to capture women as more than pretty/tempting/beautiful on camera. Something as impermanent as beauty cannot be our only license to be seen. I’m not sure yet what that entails for my art, but I’d like to work towards a widespread change.

Here’s a #selfportrait to start. While my blackheads(?) and neck rings may not qualify as “pretty,” I love them because they add character. Admittedly, this isn’t a striking image, but it’s an honest one. I want my self portraits—and all of my art, really—to mean seeing women fully and honestly. And if you all should find that beautiful, that’s nice too.

(PS: I will get out of head shot mode, eventually.)