Sonya is one of a number of female volunteers, aged 21-54, to pose naked for Trevor, whose exhibition Bare is about exploring women’s relationship with their bodies. The portraits will be on view in October at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
The photographs will also be launched as a book in the RHA on October 9 and organisers are fundraising to have it printed and sold in aid of Dress for Success Dublin.
A spokeswoman said: “With only eight days to go we’ve raised just over half our overall target of €9,000 and the profits from book sales will go to support the work of Dress for Success Dublin.”
All the women photographed by Trevor have written accompanying text to express how they feel about their ongoing relationship with their bodies and why they wanted to be photographed naked rather than nude.
“Nakedness implies an emotional vulnerability that nude does not — and it is precisely this permission to observe their vulnerability that makes the images so compelling,” said the spokeswoman.
Profits from sales of Bare will be donated to Dress for Success Dublin, the charity brought to Dublin by Sonya Lennon which supports women by giving them the clothes and skills they need to succeed at interviews.
Dress for Success has had unbelievable success, supporting over 800 women with 57% getting the job, and 73% of women happy with their progress, either in continuing education or training.
However, demand for their services is so great that they have 100 women on a waiting list at any given time. Sonya said that she got involved with Bare when her “wonderful friend and incredibly talented photographer Trevor Hart” came to her with a proposal: “Would I pose nude for a piece of work that he was creating around women’s relationships with their bodies. Of course, my interest was piqued.
“Then the clincher, he wanted to turn the work into an exhibition and book called Bare, with all proceeds going to support the work of Dress for Success. I was naked before you could say Spanx!”
Hart’s project began with three models, and the results enticed others to pose naked in his studio.
The volunteers, included Hart’s wife, Dorcas, and some well-known women such as Ms Lennon and Laura George.