From a series that honors the artist and the primal heart connection to their artistic expression. I invited the artists to choose words that described what their artistic expression evoked for them. These deeply intimate words were then painted onto their bodies and they were photographed. Instead of posing, or imposing upon the individuals I photographed, I endeavored to create a space for them to express that heart connection through their chosen text and body movement.
Belle Ancell was born and raised in the Kootenays and currently lives in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. A self proclaimed 'late bloomer', she went back to school in 2010 when she was accepted into the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts Digital Photography Program at the young age of 47. Since graduation her primary focus has been on intimate portraiture, creating compelling images which reflect the visually unique qualities of her subjects. Belle is absolutely committed to revealing true personalities through the photography medium and continually strives to push the boundaries of perceived beauty, gender, sexuality and relationship.