January 18, 2017

David Myles - Free bleed (followed by The book)

David Myles is American and on his deviantArt profile, it is written "Photography hobbyist". This is a fine way to define oneself. His images are young nude female models shot in various in and out environments, but here I chose (you guessed) one unusual series based on a model having menstruations (in his comments, Myles says that it's not real but fake blood, which is a bad thing actually). Anyway, it's great to have an erotic series including a model bleeding when so often it is tantamount to unsexy, undesirable and sometimes rejection. I added the pictures of the same model with a book, since they are both very erotic (I would say exciting actually)  and rather unexpected and weird. You can find the whole series here and the deviantArt page of the photographer here. There are some other sites named on David Myles (with wedding pictures) but not sure it's the same guy. 

January 12, 2017

Various - Birth (2016 image of the year competition of the The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers)

Yes, there is an International Association of Professional Birth Photographers organizing each year a competition of the best pictures of birth (I don't know if it's around the world but I hope it is). You can find the choice of the jury and all the pictures in competition here, but above I selected the pictures I preferred among the 500 and some that are on the site. Weird you might think to find such a post on this blog but actually, if there's a thing about the human body that is often hidden and that is fascinating and instructing to see, it's birth. Here, far from the maternal or paternal emotion we all feel when we are concerned by the birth, we can have other emotions, aesthetical or philosophical ,on this particular and so important moments of human life (of any animal life actually). Looking at my choice, I'm aware that I chose mainly images with a rough and sometimes dark content but that's my vision of things as you may have understood if you are a regular visitor of this site. You can find the names of the photographers either on the picture or on the site. I ranged the pictures in a logical order (from labor to postpartum). I only selected black and white to keep a homogenous appearance of the post but there were some nice colour pictures too (much less so I decided to keep the B&W). The definition is lower than I would have liked but I took the ones I found on the site. Bad they don't offer higher quality. 

January 5, 2017

Valie Export - Action Pants: Genital Panic

Born in 1940, after 50 years of experimental work, Valie Export is weirdly more commonly known for this performance of 1969 called Action Pants: Genital Panic, conducted in a Movie theater in Vienna (she's sometimes considered as part of the Vienna Activists scene but actually she was not) and where she weared a pant that let her genitals visible, and a gun machine, a way to draw attention on the role of women in films with violence, guns and all the male testosterone imagery that unfortunately barely changed until today. This performance can be considered as one of the first of what I called the fembodactivists (all posted on the blog, i.e., 16, can be found here). Her further artistic production is less known and did not, to my knowledge, involved body nudity in a provocative way. Not to say it was not good or interesting or even crucial, it's just that it is out of the scope of this blog (and of my personal culture). I added some other images of artists mimicking this performance. I forgot to record the name of most but you have recognized one: Marina Abramovic. If you want to know more about Valie Export, here her site.  Note that I did not post all the 6 pictures of this series cos' the quality of the others was not good enough. 

January 1, 2017

Abigail Gonzalez - Naked eyes

I can't really say I know anything substantial about this photographer. I even thought she was a female from Paraguay but now I think he's a male from USA (Big Sky it is said). His work is rather diverse and heterogenous (see his deviantArt page here) but what I like in it is this series called Naked eyes that seems to have been made in 2005. I'm not sure all the pictures that I posted above come from this serie. Since I didn't find many so it adds to the number and moreover they could all fit under this file name. If you know anything more about this Abigail, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments.