University of Brighton graduate raises awareness about sexual harassment by documenting women’s experiences.
Eliza Hatch, a photojournalist who graduated last year with a BA(Hons) Illustration degree, photographed women in the public places where they had been harassed. Their images and personal accounts are featured in Eliza’s series Cheer Up Luv and instagram.com/cheerupluv
London-based Eliza has attracted the attention of the national media. She told The Guardian how all of her female friends had experienced harassment and how her male friends were shocked to learn how frequently incidents occurred.
She said: “I really wanted to capture the woman in her surroundings instead of it being somewhere where she felt vulnerable, I wanted to make it a stage for her to speak out from. And I wanted you to actually look into her eyes as you’re hearing her story.”
Eliza says her illustration course at Brighton gave her the foundation for her project.
She added: “I absolutely loved Brighton, and without studying on the illustration course I wouldn’t have achieved what I have so far with this project. The course gave me the initiative to be able to start and thoroughly carry out an idea, and gave me opportunities that I could not have got anywhere else.
“I am very grateful to it!”