Selfies – informal photographs made with smartphones – have now become ubiquitous, and the way they can be taken anywhere by anyone has allowed people to take intimate photos that can be shared – or not – as the taker desires. In the autumn of 2015 Waite had the idea of asking people on her social network to send her images of themselves posing naked which she would turn into drawings, and was pleasantly surprised by the response; even her grandparents and sisters obliged with personal images.
As she says, ‘It was such fun! The project began in a kind of silly, unprofessional, accidental way, but that’s probably what made it great. I was exhausted with the work I was making and needed a distraction, so I asked for photos in order to draw people’s intimate selfies. After all, so many of us have taken them, and what’s to be ashamed of?’