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This Woman Is Using Her Own Period Blood To Create Beautiful Photographs

Jen Lewis told BuzzFeed News she is interested in "normalizing the menstruation process" through her project.

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Lewis told BuzzFeed News that she studied history of art in college, and was working at biomedical facility at the University of Michigan when she came up with the project.

She said she had the idea after she switched to using a menstrual cup.

One day, she said, she was in the bathroom when the blood flow caught her eye.

"I noticed the blood, the menstrual fluid had a lot of similarities to paint," she said.

Lewis and her husband first created the images in the bathroom. But they later switched to creating them in a fish tank.

She said they also have experimented with other ways to created the images, including using snow.

"Every time we do a shoot there is definitely experimentation and growth," she said.

Lewis's goal for the project is "normalizing the menstruation process" and showing that it can be beautiful.

Lewis said that she hopes people admire the photographs for their beauty before they realize what they are.

"I wanted to create something interesting to draw people in to look before they knew what it was," she said.


The project grabbed attention this week after it was featured in the Huffington Post.

Photographer: Robert Lewis

Lewis said she has experienced some negativity, but only in the comments section of a few articles.

"When it comes to human dialogue, the response has been very good," she said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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