April 26, 2017

Expressions untold - Couple























More and more, names are substituted by expressions such as this one "Expressions untold" to identify the authors of pictures. This is a heavy trend, following what's happened in music 20 years ago with sample-based music, removing the personality of the author (at least the social or official side of it) to limit the pregnance in the artistic expression. And sometimes, the art is not even required. It's the case in all these numerous selfies of lovers shooting themselves in their most intimate activities, capturing their genital parts and games on pictures maybe "just to prove themselves they existed" as was singing Ray Davies in 1966. It's not always interesting enough to feature on this blog, but here, the result is really good. Moreover, the bodies are black and it's a small compensation to the prevalence of white bodies on this blog. These images come from a blog (here). Note that I remove the colours in one of them and modified the black and white in another. I don't do that often but here I felt the need to do it. 

April 24, 2017

Henri Maccheroni - 2000 pictures of the sex of a woman


























This French engraver and photographer born in 1932 and recently deceased (in 2016 in a complete mediatic discretion), decided to take pictures of a the same woman's sex during several years (from 1969 to 1971 and then from 1972 to 1974, once or twice a week). The images above are a small selection of this series, not of my favorites but of what I found on the web but there are 1988 other ones. It's true that if we are, as men, really honest, we must admit that there is nothing more interesting, fascinating and exciting to look at, than the sex of the woman we love. Some may say that we don't even have to love her to feel this way toward her vulva (not the vagina as it is too often called) and I don't know whether Henri Maccheroni was in love with this woman. But there's still more fascination when love is involved, at least in my views. It's strange that this great series didn't feature previously on Scoptophilia but you know I'm not an exegete of photography so I have several gaps in my culture. This was one of them. No site in English to provide. 

April 19, 2017

Manuel Laval - Surreal Body Art



































Born in Germany in 1952, Manuel Laval has a very idiosyncrasic use of photography. It's crude, kitsch, with full of electric colors, explicit sex, and enigmatic figures. Sometimes it seems really amateurish but it is so assumed that it is in no way a weakness. Not totally the style I cherish the most but impossible not to include it in Scoptophilia since there is so much to look at. There's a true fascination for sexual parts as photographic subjects and it's one of the strength of his work. And also a form of irony and sarcastic provocation that complete the picture of this singular artist. You can see much more (and maybe find images you'll prefer to my own selection) on his site here and his blog there

April 18, 2017

Talia Chetrit - Various works







Talia Chetrit is a New York photographer belonging to the fashion world and not really fitting with the themas of this blog. She has a lot of prestigious clients, enough for me not to be interested since I despise this style. But on her blog, she posts excellent pictures, often self-portraits, of everyday life situations, with a nice treatment of the image, that provides a true naturalistic sensuality. Maybe a way to wahs her head of all this fainted sophistication in this fake universe of fashion. Thus, I really like this series. Her site here for other works in the line of this post, and another one here if you want to explore her other more money-earning style. Note that she's having exhibition with the work I post tonight. 

April 14, 2017

JW Purdy - My nude year































Initially, I was thinking this was a self-portrait project. It looked like. A picture by day, nude, it sounded as some other projects of women using their body and their nudity to question intimacy, beauty normalization, the raise of sensuality in unperfect bodies and so many others problems that women have to face with this unvoluntary (and often unwanted) role of male sexual fantasies' support. But actually, JW Purdy is a male photographer. Thus, I thought he used a model and I was quite disappointed. But the name of the model being Shannon Purdy, it could be his wife. And on his site, it is actually specified that she's his muse/wife (here). Can't say that the project fulfils all expectation, many pictures are rather weak, and he has often a very mainstream erotic approach, but here and there, there are some strong images, the ones I selected above. Of course, you may not share my views and therefore you can go and see the portfolio there. There is even a book that you can buy if you like it enough to get it. And fine to see colour again on Scoptophilia isn't it?