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November 29, 2017



Rodolfo Coelho is a Brazilian photographer based in Rio de Janeiro, specializing in photographing people and portraying their stories. He uses photography to show the strength of people; in this case, a series of individual women, each featured within their own unique frame. Rodolfo creates a powerful juxtaposition in his compositions; contrasting human form and landscapes - both natural and fabricated, rigid and soft. He draws from a place of life experience, emotion and a love of life to create these expressive moments of power, freedom, strength and beauty.


Rodolfo celebrates the strength of women throughout this series and has chosen to approach the #16days of activism to end violence against women and girls, as an opportunity to empower women, highlighting the strength in their bodies, using light to define their muscles and allowing these women to be proud and unafraid of who they are. We  also see flexibility and balance in the poses these women have chosen to take. They align their bodies and provide expression through these movements, providing the viewer with a sense of liberation and joy.


Most of the images capture the women mid movement, pulsing energy throughout the series, but display a sense of calm in their facial expression; these women are comfortable and relaxed in their skin, clothing; sparse - celebrating womanhood. The tones and textures of their skin, referencing classical antiquity, reminding us of Bronze statues capturing the idyllic male physique. Their perfectly chiseled muscles and beautifully curved and proportionate bodies put on display for people to idolize and aspire to; these women are inspirational, beautiful and strong.




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