Camille Renée Devid
Down to my bones, 2017
Dutch photographer Camille Renée Devid strongly believes in the power of the image to reveal a part of the photographer’s identity. Within her photographs she shares her personal thoughts and feelings treating them as presents for the viewer. In her series Down to my bones Devid shows the mental and physical journey of a woman pursuing her dream of having a child. Becoming pregnant and having children is not always naturally given for women. As hard as it is for her to learn that she is not able to have children the natural way, she experiences yet another level of reality when she goes through years of fertility treatments. Devid portrays her personal thoughts, emotions and struggles of this period in her life, expressing the feeling of constant insecurity, of being a failing machine, of losing her identity due to all the supplemented hormones, and foremost the mourning of losing a dream. Her photographs show both the woman’s mental and physical vulnerability, in a body which is almost fading within the image, as well as the rawness of the body being treated as an object. These black and white images are almost like carefully made charcoal drawings, portraying a story which may challenge the feelings and imagination of the viewer. With her project Devid would like to reach out to women going through the same process, reminding them they are not alone, by presenting this very personal portrait of a woman who is feeling the despair to her bones when life does not go as planned.
Camille Renée Devid (1974, NL) graduated from Fotoacademie Amsterdam in 2013 and is currently based in Amsterdam.