Warning: although I personally love these images, I understand they will not be for everyone. If you are squeamish or do not like body modifications or piercings please close your eyes. Everyone else, you may proceed.
This is my friend, Amber. As you can see, she’s clearly a bad ass, ha ha. We worked on this project over the course of a few months. Wait. “We”…ha! Amber did all the hard (and painful) work. Before it all began she told me she was thinking of doing some piercings and wondered if I’d be willing to photograph them. “Uh, yeah! I LOVE to!!” I told her. “Wait, what piercings do you mean?” (Note to self, next time find out the area in question before agreeing…just to be on the safe side.) But once she explained what she was getting I was super stoked.
Fast forward a bit and the main reason the project took a few months is due to healing. Once she got the piercings they had to heal so they wouldn’t be all red and swollen in the photos. Then because of the unique location they were susceptible to infection so a few of them had to be removed, healed, re-pierced, and healed again…and this process repeated more than once too. I don’t think either of us thought it would be the process that it ended up being. But I think the payoff was worth it and I am glad she involved me in capturing this crazy chapter in her life.