March 23, 2014

silabin ณวิทยุ - New series












A new series of pictures by this great photographer (from Thailande it seems but tell me if I'm wrong). I posted a previous one here and I can't get enough of it since there is here maybe the humanity missing in d'Agatta's work. Not the same strenght of course but more empathy and humour for sure. Nudity here has this real eroticism so often lacking in most of pictures featuring naked models. Here, bodies seem so real, so near to touch, so present, it's an unusual and moving impression. And the uncertain nature of the places they are (hotels, clubs, inbetweens), add to the unterritoriality of their atmosphere. It's humans as they are when they are nowhere and they assume this machine they call their body. His flickr site with much more varied subjects of models shot here.

March 15, 2014

Igor Amelkovitch - Language of a body











Long time I didn't post rather mainstream erotic work but although I'm usually not the perfect amateur, Igor Amelkovitch, a Russian photographer, without "reinventing the genre", provides here and there some strong clichés, using a sort of Jan Saudek-derived imagery but (unfortunately) without the audacious approach of bodies (all shapes and postures) of this great inspirer. Anyway, here I gathered those I found not too out of place on this blog, often due to the symbolic content of the scenography, some because of the true strength for subliming female body beauty (at least one aspect of it). And what's happening these days in Ukraine makes me think it's a way to show some uncommon use of ex-USSR symbols. Amelkovitch site here.

March 2, 2014

Gracie Hagen - Illusions of the body














Gracie Hagen is a young photographer based in Chicago and interested by the body (the reason she's on this blog although I post only if I like it or find it interesting enough to feature here). Here her statement about the series: "This series was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.Imagery in the media is an illusion built upon lighting, and photoshop. People can look extremely attractive under the right circumstances & two seconds later transform into something completely different.Within the series I tried to get a range of body types, ethnicities and genders to show how everyone is a different shape & size; there is no “normal”. Each photo was taken with the same lighting and the same angle. Celebrate your shapes, sizes and the odd contortions your body can get itself into. The human body is a weird and beautiful thing". I'm not sure the result fulfills expectations and maybe it could be rougher and more subversive. It's not much different than previous similar series although it's true to my knowledge this confrontation had never been done. But in the future it would be nice that the approach of the everyday life body is more subtile and more sociological or psychological complex. For example how people see them attractive and unattractive. But I'm a little severe and this series is nice too. Her site here.