2041 is a photography book published by ‘Here Press’. It is a collection of self portraits made by an English man donning make shift burqas to indulge his fetish for being completely covered.
All images © 2041, from the book 2041, edited by Lewis Chaplin and Ben Weaver and published by Here Press
“Using the camera to articulate a passion he has secretly indulged for decades, the artist appears dozens of times without ever disclosing his image or identity,” says the HERE press release. “Long before 2041 bought his first real burqa online, he began crafting his own versions from draped and folded fabrics in a rich array of textures and colours … ranging from the traditional to the theatrical.”
The book is named 2041 as this is the photographers online alias. 2041 created over 60,000 images of this nature. Only a small selection of these were chosen to be published by the editors Lewis Chaplin and Ben Weaver.
By photographing himself in these costumes he adopts multiple personas. He explores different approaches to self-concealment: he adapts and re-appropraites clothing ranging from the traditional to the theatrical, and he combines draped and folded fabrics in a rich array of textures and colours. He poses and performs in front of his camera and around his home.
2041’s first memories of the pleasure of being enveloped in swathes of cloth are from his days as a choirboy seven decades ago. As an adult, he developed an interest in more complete coverings and began to document what he was doing. But it is only in the last ten years, since he bought a computer and found a community of fellow enthusiasts online, that he has been able to share his passion.
2041 is published in an edition of 500 by Here Press, priced £30 (including shipping).