In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images of seemingly flawless models, photographer, Sophie Harris-Taylor is well aware of what it's like to live with a chronic skin condition. Throughout her teenage years and as a young adult, Sophie suffered with severe acne.
Her self-esteem was affected, and she felt embarrassed by her skin's appearance. But as she got older and gained more experience in life, she learned to live with it.
Nowadays, Sophie is using her platform as a successful photographer to help others do the same. Recently, she created a series of portrais called 'Epidermis.'
In a society where women are constantly being put down for not having the perfect body shape, physical features or skin, the photographer has set out to change the way people view skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne. Sophie's goal is to use the series to show beautiful, normal women, unashamed of their less-than-perfect skin.
"However I still felt that there was a lack in representing skin in an honest and open way. Epidermis for me was a way of showcasing beautiful women in skins less often seen," Sophie continued.
Sophie's hope is that the Epidermis series will help to empower people, and make them feel more comfortable in their own skin.
"It’s still something I personally struggle with but hope one day I can practice what I preach. With a lot of these kinds of series, there’s an element of trying to shock, but that was the opposite of what I was trying to achieve," Sophie said.