Birthday Suits

Lucy Hilmer is a photographer, filmmaker and poet who has filmed and photographed, at regular intervals, the ever changing lives of herself, her family and friends and documented them in multiple long-term series. Birthday Suits, where she photographs herself every year on her birthday wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks, made me tear up a little. it is just extraordinary.

Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday. She’s been doing this for 40 years, since her 29th birthday. In 2015 she will be 70. Soon a book, Birthday & Other Suits and a companion piece film will reveal how a woman who came of age before women’s lib used her camera to peel off society’s “pretty girl” label and define herself from the inside out.

this post features nudity (naturally!) so the rest is after the jump in case that is necessary for you. they are in chronological order.

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1978

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1979

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1980

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1981

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1987

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1988

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1994

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1995

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

1997

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

2002

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

2005

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

2008

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

2012

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14 Responses to Birthday Suits

  1. @marsmarli Friday 15 August, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Lucy Hilmer’s Birthday Suits – extraordinary. http://t.co/1ifuYUxFxA

  2. Katie Friday 15 August, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Extraordinary is the right term for this. I am blown away.

  3. Desi Friday 15 August, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish I had done this 12 years ago. A beautiful evolution of a life.

  4. Court Friday 15 August, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    These are absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Vinícius Lima Costa (@viniciuscl) Friday 15 August, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Birthday Suits http://t.co/2SMI0eUM4k

  6. @charmaine_li Saturday 16 August, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    How about doing a series like this by photographer Lucy Hilmer http://t.co/KVIfoY6NZB and naming it ‘Silk chiffon’ http://t.co/ZweRLkszXK

  7. @akaOnir Saturday 16 August, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Lucy Hilmer ha quasi 70 anni, da quando ne aveva 29 si fa bellissimi #selfie ogni compleanno: http://t.co/wpUuXUvB2N http://t.co/3OOPAOlW3Z

  8. Lucy Saturday 16 August, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Oh wow I LOVE this. Thank you so much for showing! I think I may have to start doing the same…beautiful.

    Lucy
    x

  9. @AudreyHannahB Sunday 17 August, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    This woman photographed herself in her birthday suit every year for 40 years. Love this. Love humanity. (nudity) http://t.co/LVgKLZz3y6

  10. Tawney Sunday 17 August, 2014 at 3:55 am #

    Thank you for this. Such a lovely feature. So very moving.

  11. patty Monday 18 August, 2014 at 1:36 am #

    Amazing! She is a brave woman!!

  12. Nia Monday 18 August, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    WOW WOW WOW! I do this with Polaroids every year since I’m 19, but never full body. I love seeing how her body changes with motherhood and age. Idk if that sounds strange. These are really nice.

  13. karrie Monday 18 August, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    The lady is so bold, envy her braveness.

  14. @Sabirah0 Wednesday 27 August, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I love this so much http://t.co/8bLguqPz5D a series of photos in the nude every birthday. I love the changes in her body from childbirth

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