A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHY AKERS
In this series of photographs I attempt to address the prevalent idea of women being closer to nature than men. Although my female subjects are interacting with nature in an intimate way, they must assume awkward positions in order to pee effectively. These women are marking their territory and establishing their right to be in the woods through the act of peeing.
At the same time, they are exposing their most private parts in a public space, and therefore are putting themselves in a vulnerable position. These women are simultaneously vulnerable and powerful, exposed, but sheltered by their own self-possession, their intense subjectivity, while performing the act of peeing.