Ahoi, I'm Marlen

Ahoi, I'm Marlen

Marlen Stahlhuth
freelance photographer // Nylon Mag, BLONDE Mag, INDIE Mag, VICE, adidas etc.
casting / photo production / visual concept creation / social media






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May I Introduce: Ophelie Rondeau


As a female photographer, I have always said that there is a distinct difference between the way that men photograph women and the way that women photograph other women. While there are many talented male photographers out there who have an incredible eye for composition and content, there are just as many who seem to only sexualise the female body. And then there is the question of if it is even possible for a man to remove their male gaze when photographing women. 

I find that much of the photography work that exists of females taken by men is somehow always inherently sexual, oftentimes bordering on voyeurism. However, things change when women photograph women. Regardless of sexual orientation, born out of the fact that she herself is female, a woman photographing another woman is an altogether different experience and removes any kind of gender power play or imbalance from the entire equation. 

It is this reason that I find female photographers who photograph other women so fascinating. Berlin-based photographer Ophelie Rondeau is one such photographer. Rondeau, whose series #ophelieandthegirls - which focuses on girlhood and female friendships and has gained her quite some attention - has this to say about the female gaze and women photographers: 

“I think the female gaze is as equally important as every other gaze. We all see and perceive things differently, therefore it's important to evolve in a culture where every gaze is represented, for one to better understand others for instance. There is an obsession with the female gaze going on these days, and I think it's great to make and give space for women to share their vision, but points of view do not only differ according to gender but also to generations, origins, religion, and so many more aspects…We need more women behind the camera for other genders to comprehend them better, the same way we need more trans people behind the camera for everybody else to learn from them I think it's important to have all kind of individuals behind the camera in general. Us, girls, might all be of the same gender but it doesn't mean we see everything the same way.” (i-D)

Text: Rae Tashman

Dec. 12, 2016

Labels: On track, May I introduce