Laura Dodsworth doesn't have an average day job. For the past year, she's been photographing men's penises for a photography project.
The resulting work, 'Manhood: The Bare Reality', isn't as gratuitous or sordid as it might sound. The book, which features 100 penises in total, explores men's attitudes to their bodies, masculinity, sex and sexuality.
The result is a menagerie of men's experiences: from the 20-year-old who quit porn after he became addicted and unable to have a healthy sex life to the 58-year-old who has spent his life embarrassed about his penis size.
It isn't the first time Dodsworth has asked her subjects to strip off. Her debut work, 'Bare Reality', featured 100 women's breasts alongside inspiring personal stories that tackles negative body image and female representation in media.
Now, she's turned the lens on the boys.
"Breasts and penises are not direct counterparts but they respectively embody ideas of what it is to be female and male," she told HuffPost UK. "Manhood is a word for penis. It seemed like a good starting point for a conversation about manhood and masculinity."
The men self-selected to be part of the project and are all anonymous. Whether they were asked directly by Dodsworth, recommended by a friend or replied to social media, all the participants were "100% happy to take part".
But when it came to stripping off in front of her, Dodsworth says the men's reactions were varied: "Some were really comfortable with getting naked. Some were a bit shy. Some were proud."
Dodsworth said she felt "surprised" and "moved" by the men's honesty in front of the camera.
"We never know someone's story till we ask... Men stepped into the space with a real hunger. I don't think men are given much opportunity to be honest and raw about their lives and feelings. I had never heard men talk like this. Some of the men said they had never talked like this to anyone, including their partners. It's a real privilege to be able to offer these stories to the world."
She discovered through the interviews that many men carry body image pressure - particularly about the size of their penis or sexual performance.
"That anxiety bleeds into all aspects of their lives. I thought so many had carried around unnecessary shame and fear about their bodies. Because penises are more taboo men don't see a big variety of real ones around," she said.
Dodsworth hopes that the book will challenge society's rigid expectations around masculinity, by offering a range of men's experiences and attitudes
"People's interpretation of the stories and the visual impact of the photographs will be unique to them - we all bring different experiences and ideas to our interpretation of any art, but I hope they come away with warmth, feeling inspired and think more deeply about what it means to be a man," she said.
"I think a lot of the men in this project would have benefitted from reading Manhood when they were younger and it would have dispelled myths and put their minds at rest. Many of the men who have taken part have done so specifically to help other men, and younger men, by relating their experiences."
- I think sex needs to be put back on its fucking pedestalLaura Dodsworth
- I've quit pornLaura Dodsworth
- I lost my virginity to the wife of my school teacherLaura Dodsworth
- I've spent my life feeling my penis is too smallLaura Dodsworth
Manhood: The Bare Reality, published by Pinter & Martin, is $49.97 (AUD) and available from online stockist Fish Pond.