Masturbation is something nobody (or may I say few) is confortable with. According to specialists, almost everyone masturbates but it seems that there are not many things we fear more than to be surprised when doing this so common onanistic activity. So, no big surprise too that it is quite rare in photography, except of course in the classic porno girl masturbating to excite males who masturbate too. Here are the ones I found, in both sexes, without other preoccupation than to provide a visual emotion of this so secret act.
With Jan Saudek, Leslie Krims was the one who showed me that photography could be a strong political (in all its semantic dimensions) media. In the first half of the seventies, while I was a teen obsessed by music, he did the job for photography than did Jean-Luc Godard and Ingmar Bergman for movies. He educated me and made of me what I'm still today, 35 years later. Born in Brooklyn in 1942, he never received the success and aknowledgement he deserves and if I didn't post his work earlier it's because I never found on the net his works I like the most and the ones found are usually in bad quality. I sampled some that, except the 3 firsts, are good enough to click on. But the masked Mickey was maybe THE picture that was my aesthetic shock. Note that Lesly Krims is the man on the pictures. His site here.
Ophelia is one of Hamlet's character. Maybe one of the true beginning of romantism. You can read the complete story here. She's said to "have climbed into a willow tree, then a branch broke and dropped her into the brook, where she drowned". Not a suicide nor a murder as you can see. If Delacroix was the first painter in 1838 to represent this myth with the classic view of her body floating in the river among grass and trees, the John Everett Millais' representation 14 years later will be the most famous on which later imageries will derive. Here are some pictures providing a photographic equivalent to this painting tradition. There are maybe hundreds and I saw a lot of them but here are the only ones to fullfill my personnal criteria of quality. Among this series, 2 are rather known. The 3rd is from Tom Hunter, and the 5th from Nadav Kander. I don't think they are the best. However, it's strange this myth exerts still so much fascination on us. And very importantly, click on each picture to see them full size.
I told all the good things I think about this great Israelian artist. Here recents pictures she did for her The blur and away project, the part 2. Stronger than the part 1. Always the same technique, but she succeeds in adding something else in almost every new shot. Her site here. I really dig her presentation (I'm nobody from nowhere, I know nothing about photography). I wish more "artists" would have this humble attitude.
The apricot experiment
Thursday all day
Event by dark
Woman, horse, chair
I usually limit the posts with digital manipulation using collages except when I feel that there is something strong enough to transcend this genre, too often associated for me with the end of the sixties. This is the case with this, by Ron Ray (or self-called Bark), a US-based 54 yrs old man who really offers a fascinating (and I must admit quite enigmatic) imagery (this is the reason why, exceptionally, I provided the legends). I wouldn't be able to interpret each of the above collages, but each of them tells me implicitely something important about my own representation of life. For more, you can go to his deviantArt gallery here. Didn't find any site. If you know one, don't hesitate to give me the address in comments. Important here to click on them to see them full size of course.