I chose for inclusion in this collection of portraits images that I feel are expressive of the Female Gaze: women looking back through the camera lens at the photographer and at all those who might eventually look upon his image—her image. These women (and girls) gaze at us, the viewers, thoughtfully, curiously, intensely, playfully, occasionally defensively or defiantly. Sometimes they break their locked gaze with the viewer and peer out a window or into a mirror, or look contemplatively off into indefinable space, or gaze upwardly toward invisible presences. Sometimes she is simply "there": open, receptive, fully present, permitting us to observe the mysteries of her being. In all cases her gaze is deliberate, directional, conscious, self-aware.
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Images in this volume were edited specifically to be printed on Blurb's deluxe "ProLine Pearl Photo Paper." Because that superior paper prints darker than other available papers, the images for this volume had to be edited a good bit brighter than usual in order to optimally match that paper. If you order this volume on another Blurb paper type, the images will appear overly light and not very attractive. Though more expensive than otherwise, this option is far more visually rewarding.