Hester Jones is a British Artist, born 1973, based in London UK. She graduated from MA Photography at London College of Communication, 2009 after Post graduate Certificate Photography, 2007 at Central St Martins School of Art & Design.
Her work is an ongoing investigation into culturally constructed gendered identities and she is intrigued by human and animal relationships. Hester has a strong track record leading participatory photography projects and is committed to working in the area of Arts & Health.
Hester's most recent work You Take My Breath Away (2014) is a series of photographs which fuse 'lad's mags' and trophy hunting magazines to probe constructed gendered subjectivities. Using found images of trophy hunting photography and studio fashion portraits; the work aims to challenge harmful media representations, which condition females to be submissive, sexual and available for the male gaze. Inspired by an antique Shikari trophy hunting photography album, the images draw attention to the oppression, objectification and commodification of women and animals in patriarchal society and seek to unsettle modern trophy-hunting photography. Moreover, the work explores hyper-masculinity, an extreme form of gender ideology, which can evoke callous attitudes, aggression and violence towards women and sex,