A photographer is sharing women's orgasm faces to discuss female sexuality

A photographer is sharing women's orgasm faces to discuss female sexuality

Sexuality is not something we talk about enough. As a taboo subject, it's reduced to the bare minimum of scientific explanations and impersonal diagrams at school, and we end up having to figure out most of it for ourselves. Think about it – how much of your knowledge of sex actually comes from sex ed classes?

The quality of this education will vary from school to school, but in the end, your love life won't benefit much from knowing the molecular processes involved in pregnancy or where certain bodily fluids are stored. By adulthood, we end up not having a clear idea of each other's bodies, and often inherit an embarrassment of talking about it at all.

That's why there are people out there trying to open up the conversation with honesty, or in this case, photography. Artist Marcos Alberti has developed the "O Project", a series of photos capturing the moments before, during, and after orgasm. Made in tandem with sexual wellbeing brand Smile Makers, the photographer's aim is to break down barriers and create a discourse.

The order of business is to present the taboo topic of female masturbation, evading the usual pitfalls of shaming and silence. Over 20 women from various countries around the world took part, and were photographed four times while using a "personal massager".

Taken from the waist up, these photos aren't exactly explicit, though it's pretty clear what's going on out of frame.

"Female sexuality is more often shrouded in shame and secrecy," Fan Yang, the global brand manager of Smile Makers, explained, "Our partnership with Marcos allowed us to create this series to upend that social stigma around female sexuality, and encourage the normalisation of female pleasure".

"On of my main concerns about this project, was to make every woman feels comfortable in the studio. I design a curtain with a small hole for the camera, but I didn't know if these woman will forget that I was there, but they all did."

"They forgot that was a camera there, so my main goal was to capture the most natural expression of a private moment," the photographer explained, "Real expressions, they were not acting or faking it, we manage everything to be real". You can see more examples of the artistic endeavour below:

Alberti revealed that 2,000 women signed up for the project, but as more details were revealed, fewer women were available for the shoot. By the end, he said, "we got 22 amazing woman from different backgrounds" to take part in Project O.

One thing's for sure, you have to be pretty brave to take part in something like this, even if it's only your top half that's making it onto screens all around the world.