Savannah Spirit (b. Los Angeles) has been making pictures since she was 7 years old. In the last few years Savannah has embarked on a journey of self-discovery, turning the lens on herself, as well as her surroundings. As an activist, Savannah has dedicated her time to photographing important civil rights issues since 2012 including Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, People’s Climate March, Anti-Trump protests, and the Women’s March. Since 2011, she has curated NYC’s celebrated erotic art show series, Hotter Than July. Savannah’s work is in private collections in Rome, Sao Paolo, London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles including a permanent piece in Tom Ford’s Houston, TX showroom. Her work has been published in The Abolitionist, The Nation, L.A. Weekly, Forbes, Bomb Magazine, Vice, W, Shindig!, Dazed, Billboard, Huffington Post, New York Magazine and D/railed. Savannah is a Leo, loves Marvin Gaye and takes her chihuahua, Maizie everywhere.
I am my own muse
These photographs apply modern ideas of feminism while exploring it in the context of social media where her work is often flagged for nudity and deemed “unsafe.” By reducing the body to graphic forms of black and white stripes, the shadows morph the body into shapes. Using her iphone as her shutter release, Savannah becomes her own muse, redefining what it means to be a woman in a #metoo society. This self-portrait series is about power and owning your body; Not asking for permission and not holding back. The heart of Savannah’s work is about defining oneself and the importance of freedom of expression.
A Woman Does Not Have to Be Modest in Order To Be Respected, 2017
To view more of Savannah Spirit’s work please visit her website.