Gwen Datyner

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“50% of women say they always or often feel unsafe walking alone at night. 61% of women regularly take steps to avoid being sexually assaulted (YouGov, Mar 2019)” For women living in any city, travelling home late at night, whether after a late-night shift or night out, can be a daunting task and leave them with feelings of high anxiety. As an artist and photographer, I wanted to create images that explored the fear of the trek home and the issues facing women as they make these journeys. In my work, I aim to create a frisson awakened by the viewer’s contemplation. I enjoy making work about social issues and want to open a dialogue between the work and members of the audience. To initiate this project, I asked women on my Instagram and my family and friends what they do when they are traveling alone at night to help gain a better understanding of the precautions women have to take. I then exaggerated their responses to create these fantasies in my photographs, magnifying feelings of anxiety and concern.  

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Mexico
Valle de bravo
These photos are part of my series "Mud" ,beauty is everywhere, framing it well is a challenging goal. When one tries to bring life to a frame, suddenly the expectations are elevated, but we do our best. Life’s a Journey.
Italy
Cesena
The image of woman has always been defined by symbology and stereotypes which despite all the fights and the achievements are still present in the contemporary society. The search of a proper and collective identity guides this project, not to give us answers but to leave us with old and new ques...
United States of America
San Francisco
There's always tension between our private and our public presence. I explore where these intersect in everyday life. I am interested in the humor that comes from the interconnection and isolation between people as they move throughout their day, as well as the transcendent moments that arise in res...
United Kingdom
London
Several weeks before the lockdown we had hiked up the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, to capture the sunrise. It was a very cold Feb morning we had left the car park in the dark when we reached the old man. Having taken shots of the Old man I turned around and this shot was directly behind me....
United States of America
Berkeley
The female body is nothing short of a miracle, stronger than any of us were taught to think about ourselves. During the pandemic deep into the shelter in place order, I got to witness a home birth. These images were inspired by the water birth, the beauty of both the before and after. As the po...

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