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Bra Spangled Banners

“The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history” – Woodrow Wilson.

A humorous and visually fascinating photographic series of national flags made from images of hundreds of women in underwear taken by me over many years, Beyond being visually spectacular, I use this work to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment and I donate a portion of sales to local breast cancer charities wherever they are exhibited. In the UK it is Breast Cancer UK. Click to go to each flag’s page and see sizes and purchasing information. Also see the purchasing FAQ page.

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I make these images using an adapted document scanner as my camera, deliberately abstracting the breasts and the rest of the body. It’s a purposeful move to make them one step removed from conventional nude photography which can struggle to disassociate itself from pornography. This methodology and ideology draws its lineage from my roots as an experimental, socio-political artist. That lineage is perhaps best summed up by my sensational, globally acclaimed artwork The Great Wall of Vagina, which seeks to tackle issues of body confidence and what I see as the scourge of unnecessary cosmetic surgery.

Flags are symbolic, as is the act of subverting them. Some of my work uses the emotions people attach to such symbols for sociopolitical effect but this series is just about the joy of making cool visuals and supporting a good cause. I’m not beating you up with a message here. Life’s too short to be serious all the time. If you’d like to order a particular flag then do email me with your ideas. You may wish to look at the commissioning FAQ page first.

 

Model for my bra flags…

It’s taken me over five years to assemble the individual bra images needed to make these flags, working with hundreds of volunteer models. As it stands I’m limited in my palette by the colours of the underwear my models have brought along. Red, white and blue have been fairly numerous, which is clear from the flags I’ve done so far. I want to do more colourful ones so if you like what I’m doing and have a good selection of underwear and an unfulfilled exhibitionist side just itching to escape do email me. I literally can’t do it without you so grab ALL your undies and come on down. You may wish to read the Models page for more information. Discretion assured.

 

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