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This series of photographs depict the connection human beings have with their basic needs, in particular the relationship of the bed and how that influences feelings of safety, comfort, privacy and security.

The starkness of the room is deliberate to ensure the focus is on the bed in the foreground and the various movements of the model in contrast. The intention is that the use of non-digital black and white photography and the "institutionalised" setting provide less distractions and more attention on the subject matter. The bed itself symbolises shelter, safety, sleep and stability, and how this in itself forms part of the most basic of human needs. Underpinning these ideas is the theory of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (1943) where human beings can only achieve self-actualisation if their basics needs are met.

The nudity of the model highlights both the vulnerability of the individual, but also the feeling of being safe to be naked and alone in her private world. Rather than viewing the model through a sexual lens, the intention of the photography is to emphasise the links of her basic needs to the isolation and security of the bedroom.


Maslow, Abraham. H. (1943). "A theory of human motivation". Psychological Review. 50(4): 370-396

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