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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15 Comments

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

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

    Lucy
    x

  3. 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.

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