Best of Brooklyn: Photographer Jen Davis explores body image through self-portraits

The long-term photo project is on display at

The long-term photo project is on display at ClampArt until July 3.

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn photographer is using years of her own self-portraits to explore concepts relating to obesity, body image, identity and beauty. 

Jen Davis says she was always overweight from an early age, but began reflecting on her body back in 2002 when she first decided to turn the lens on herself with a photo at the beach. 

She says the first picture was painful, but she continued to capture more and more personal pictures over several years. Along the way, she opted for lap band surgery and lost more than 100 pounds. 

Davis calls her long-term self-portraiture project part of the search for her identity, which was buried by her weight. 

Her series of photos have been published in a book, and are currently on display at an exhibition called Eleven Years at the ClampArt gallery in Manhattan until July 3. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of motorcycles lined a street in Greenpoint 1 Annual bike blessing held in Greenpoint
2 Neighborhood Brief for April 30
A 3-year-old girl died after a car accident 3 3-year-old killed in crash on Bruckner Boulevard
More than 2,000 people took part in the 4 Thousands attend NYPD Cares 5K for kids with disabilities
More than 200 Brooklyn residents received a goody 5 Expecting moms attend massive baby shower in E. Flatbush

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

What are some of the best things in Best of Brooklyn

What are some of the best things in Brooklyn? News 12 explores for you!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.