December 26, 2010

Brooke Shaden - The myth of Ophelia

Brooke Shaden is a young (23 yrs) US photographer who has an immense talent and maturity for her age. Her pictures are based around levitation of bodies (in air or in water) and influenced by the symbolist painters. Of course, there is not here the emotional power of a Francesca Woodman and not the transgressive force of a Jan Saudek, but honestly I think she proposes something that is highly relevant to our own anguishes about our relations with the earth and death. Here's a first series where she provides a photographic representation of the Ophelia myth. Of course the Millais painting served as a reference, but the result is really strong. Her site's here and her blog's there.

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