The notion of the phallic gaze and its power on its subjects is always an aspect of the photographic portrait regardless of its aim or content. But it is especially curtail when it comes to the female subject. Women often become an object to please a male’s eye and portraiture accommodates this masculine view of the camera by its nature.
Scopophilia the pleasure in looking will always appear in some forms during the denotation of any female object in front of the camera. Can the phallic gaze changed or turn into something else when the photographer is a women or do we just adopt?
Even when women are photographing other women, the “everyday reality of women’s lives” they are revealing necessarily comes down to that old traditional display of submissive femininity: “The vision of hidden weaknesses and the vulnerability that create beautiful and mesmerizing moments.”