Jacqueline Almeida - Cuidados Pessoais
Jacqueline Almeida, is currently finishing up her studies at the University for The Creative Arts, in Farnham. Her photographic practice explores the landscape and the self, primarily focusing on documenting my personal journey with self-love and acceptance, whether that be within the family or in respects to mental welfare.
'Cuidados Pessoais' is a series that sees the coming together of self-portraiture and intimate acts of self-care to portray quieter notes from an altogether chaotic life. The project celebrates the simple pleasures in taking the time to care and nurture for oneself, an act I find beneficial to the soul in order to feel content and peace within simple acts of self-love. The project stemmed from my fascination of people's behaviour online and how they affected others, but more so how they affected me. Bombarded every day with unrealistic portrayals of beauty, comparing myself every day for so long to these idealised images, it took a huge toll on my physical and mental health. So I explored these simple yet intimate acts that allowed me to realise my worth and value and that it was not and never will be, dictated by an image online.