Yahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first ran on Shine on April 24 and it became one of the most popular stories of the year due to its raw honesty. We checked back in with photographer Jen Davis and learned that she's updated her riveting series — check out slides 13, 14, and 15 for her latest work.
Photography student and Brooklyn native Jen Davis was hanging out on the beach with her friends on a sunny day in 2002 when she decided to snap a photo of herself. After she developed the roll of film, Davis was stunned at the image which showed her looking uncomfortable in a one-piece swimsuit while her friends lounged in bikinis. From then on, Davis, now 34, began documenting her life in a series of photos called "Self-Portraits", snapping her most personal moments. "I had never really photographed myself but that beach shot made me realize that I had to step in front of the camera," she says. "I needed to look at myself." The result is an 11-year documentation of Davis' life, including her 110-pound weight loss transformation with Lap-Band surgery. She's also working on a forthcoming photography book (2014). Here are some of Davis' more revealing photos. —By Elise Sole.