Polly Borland. Bunny

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from the book “Bunny” by POLLY BORLAND. 2008
ISBN 978-1-904212-23-2

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POLLY BORLAND was born in Australia but has lived in Britain since 1989. She has earned her reputation for specializing in stylized portraiture and off-beat reportage. She shoots regularly for numerous UK and US publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent and Dazed and Confused.

Bunny is a series of images by POLLY BORLAND that create a portrait of an extremely tall girl called GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE. She manipulates and changes her subject’s presence through a dynamic use of perspective and costume to produce an uncanny and raw sense of beauty. Unsettling but often humorous these images turn the traditional concept of the “bunny” girl on its head.

The idea behind the photos I took of her was about taking the notion of a pin-up and turning it into more representational forms of the female, such as the Playboy Bunny. Then we thought of other things, such as a cat and a horse and other animals that are linked to female identity. For one iconographic picture I put her in a home-made bunny costume (pictured). She wore thick pink ballet tights on her legs, arms and head, I drew the eyes with lipstick and the mouth with eyeliner and we stuffed the tights on her head with socks for “ears”. We made it up as we went along. I spent about four or five years taking photos of Gwen so we had a lot of time to get to know each other. – by POLLY BORLAND for The Independent

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