ZIMBABWEAN-BORN PHOTOGRAPHER AND ART DIRECTOR, BENJAMIN MOYO IS PRODUCING AN ON-GOING PORTRAITURE SERIES ON WOMEN WITH SHAVED HEADS. THE BIG CHOP LOOKS AT THE REASONS BEHIND THE COMPLETE REMOVAL OF HAIR, WHICH FOR MOST WOMEN SYMBOLIZES LIBERATION AND A FRESH START.
The Joburg-based photographer says this series was inspired by local artist Lady $kollie. â€œI had just finished taking portraits of her and realised she has always had short hair for as long as I have known her. Apart from that I have been seeing more women cutting their hair and I decided to embark on this journey of unpacking the reason behind the big chopâ€ he explains.
Ben says, heâ€™s always known womenâ€™s hair to be a crown and to see women take it all off was fascinating to him. For these women, changing hairstyles became a boring, predictable and tedious task. To bring something different and turn a new leaf, it made sense to do away with it, says Ben.
For some of these women changing their hair has also brought change into their lives. â€œIn Tarryn‘s case shaving her hair off changed her life, people started taking her more seriously and she told me she felt liberated after the big chop,â€ he explains.
â€œWhat Iâ€™m hoping people take away from this, especially women is that it’s okay to shave your hair off without feeling like you have to explain to people if you are going through a “Britney” phase or not. Your beauty is there, hair or no hairâ€ he adds.