Alex Hutchinson, is an International Fashion, Portrait & Documentary Photographer.
Alex’s relaxed and collaborative approach creates images of genuine ease and spontaneity. Often photographing on location and in rural environments in an attempt to establish a connection between the viewer and the image. This shoot he submitted to us is about Georgia’s transition into womanhood, below is a bio she wrote for this shoot…
“From the moment I started modelling, it became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough. But I was told I was too heavy. And in order to succeed I would need to lose a substantial amount of weight. This sparked a fire in my brain, an urging desire to be “skinny”. My eating patterns became dangerously irregular. I would come home from school every night and run 10km. However no matter how hard I tried, I still felt it wasn’t enough as my body dysmorphia kept haunting me, telling me I was fat. This lead to the purging. Which went on for the bones of a year. During this period, my mom became extremely ill. She had developed breast cancer. The combination of the pressure from the industry I was in and my moms illness lead to me spiraling into a deep depression. The less I ate, the more irregular my periods became. And no matter how hard I tried, I was still “too heavy”. When I was 16, my mom took her own life. Which left me shattered in a million pieces. I no longer felt I could go on. She had always told me to chase my dream, so I felt I had to do that for her. I then auditioned for a modelling TV series. On practicing my video entry with my agent, I mentioned my moms death saying I would like to do this to raise awareness. My agent at the time turned to me and said “I’m concerned your using the death of your mom for the wrong reasons”. An absolutely inhuman comment to make. It’s only been in the last year with the support of my family that I have finally reached a point where I can look back on these events and acknowledge how mentally ill I was. My anger towards those who promoted my weight loss lead me to do this shoot. What young girls see everyday on social media is not real. It’s not real life. Eating disorders are as detrimental to Ones health as any cancer or disease. People need to be aware of this. I hope the audience who receive this message, no matter how big or small take something from it. Don’t let comments plant seeds. Don’t let people’s judgments set up camp in your mind. Grow in your life and learn to love yourself for who you are, as there’s is no other you in the world. You are unique.” – Georgia
Model: Georgia Power