Keeping It Reel

9 / 08 / 2012

Beth, Keeping It Reel in August, 2012

Keeping it Reel is a regular image section celebrating ‘Pictures of You’ – the lived experience of women and all the smile lines it generates. It quietly challenges the mass media’s construction of ‘beauty’ and its so-called ‘industry’. In other words, an “up yours” to the nipped, tucked, barbie-mimicking, photoshop-frenzied images that saturate our world.

This gorgeous image comes courtesy of Victorian Women’s Trust communications staffer and Sheilas sub-editor Elisabeth Morgan, currently undertaking a photography course. We think the girl’s got talent! Her photo subject is close friend Bethany Robinson.

Bethany is a freelance performance artist and hairdressing apprentice. At 17, Beth was the subject of Welcome 2 My Deaf World, an AFI Award-nominated documentary screened on SBS. Since then, she’s spent three years with the Australian Theatre of the Deaf and has subsequently taken on numerous freelancing roles: a solo performance at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival, a lead role in the award-winning short film Quiet Signs of Love  for the National Relay Service (interview with Bethany here), and most recently a collaborative dance project between Deakin University and Arts Access Victoria.


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