NAKED BRITAIN: Amelia Allen
4-8 November 2017
Herrick Gallery is thrilled to host an exhibition of photographic prints from Amelia Allen’s new book NAKED BRITAIN. The book will also be launched at the gallery and signed copies will be available to purchase during the exhibition.
As a fashion photographer, Amelia Allen works in an industry obsessed with body image, one that focuses on the most flattering way of dressing oneself. It was therefore, an unusual and refreshing step for her to move into a world where the body is completely liberated, devoid of styling and stripped of fabric and fashion.
In her book, Amelia explores the reasons behind the unique and controversial status of naturism in today’s society that often associates nudity with sex. To Amelia, that association is a harmful misconception. In the naturist world, people connect as equals, regardless of appearance, wealth, occupation or status.
By literally stripping off and immersing herself in 21st century naturism, Amelia discovered liberation, empowerment and the sense of fun that naturists embrace and enjoy.
For the last two years Amelia has inhabited both worlds producing this sociological documentary through the eyes of her camera lens. Her developing interest in reportage photography comes from her enjoyment of travelling, meeting new people and observing them in their everyday life. Amelia’s ability to connect with people and tell a story through imagery facilitated this book.
“The sense of fun, freedom and liberation that naturism offers its advocates is extraordinarily infectious and I like to think I have captured the raw beauty of that."
Amelia Allen is a fashion, portrait and documentary photographer. She was born in 1995 in the south west of England and now lives and works in London. Having made the decision not to go to university, she moved to London at the age of eighteen and started an internship in fashion PR and photography.
She has been photographing shows, clothes, models, celebrities and London Fashion Week every season since she was eighteen and has had work published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Harpers Bazaar.