Encolures – French for “neck” or “neckline” – focuses on the nape of the neck, an area of a woman’s body that is at once vulnerable and strong; exposed yet powerful; tender, sensual, and exquisitely feminine. It is the bridge between the logic of the mind and emotions of the heart, a conduit of energy and life blood.
Most of these images show only the back of the neck, lending an air of mystery.
When viewed from behind, a woman’s facial expression is hidden, but the way she holds her head or dresses her hair may suggest whether she’s weary or lighthearted, anxious or serene. The woman is not at a similar advantage. The nape of her neck can be seen covertly, concealing from her view a secret glance of longing, a smile of recognition, or even a dangerous approach.
It’s where a lover might plant a first kiss, hoping for more; a friend might fling an arm in comfort or play; or a stranger might try to exploit this visible, yet vulnerable, area. While the nape of the neck is a relatively small area of the body, it is one, that to me, encompasses so many different aspects of what it means to be female.