July 31, 2011

Katarzyna Górna - Various

Don't know much about this Polish photograph except she lives in Warsaw and that she's born in 1968. I don't really understand the whole symbolism of her pictures but I know that I feel in there a strong life affirmation in it and moreover that she succeeds to evoke the roots of our religious and metaphysical tradition only with bodies standing in front of her camera and that's quite a tour-de-force when so many have to manipulate and digitalize their clichés to express themselves. Don't mean that everything would have to be so spare and austere, but here it works and some of these shots are considered as part of the Polish patrimony. Find some more from this artist here and there (you may have to active the google translation). Pix 1-3 are from the Madonnas series (1997), pix 4-6 from Fuck Me, Fuck You (2000), pix 7-9 from Doubles Portraits (2001).

July 30, 2011

Zbigniew Reszka - II, III & IV

Zbigniew Reszka is a Polish photographer whose principal visual obsession (I could say "interest" but I assume obsession) is female bodies so it is one common point with me. But, it is one of the rare photographers to write with talent the foundations of his art. "My photography is the result of fascination of women’s body. Body not necessarily beautiful in agreement with common done canons. The more imperfect body is more fascinating for me. I incite my models to reveal their dreams and obsessions they even don’t realize. After session suddenly they begin to have consciousness of their own power and independence. They are not skivvies, scrub women and mascots of their male partners any more. I like strong women who resist to the mental and physical power. On my pictures they dominate themselves by their image. The men begin to feel the distance or even fear in front of them. I like it. It is a specific psychotherapy for me and for my models. Psychotherapy for their complexes, and for me waking real my dreams of them". Any other word would be useless. His gallery here. Don't forget to click on pictures to see them full size.

July 29, 2011

Stacia from Hawkwind

Before Stephanie from Tinsel Teeth, there was Stacia. Of course she was not part of the band as Stephanie is, since she only danced in front of the stage, but her nudity was unique and a premiere in rock world. Since she was not the usual bimbo model that most of strippers are, she contributed to put in our children's brain another image of what a real woman is, and I owe her most of my absence of pre-established normative body shapes in terms of female sensuality. Moreover, she strangely fitted very well with the band's music whereas with most of other bands this would have seemed totally irrevelant and sexist bullshit. Were we attracted by Hawkwind's sets because of her? In my memory no. I have the impression that in these times, sex was less invasive in our life's motivation that it is now. Not to say that our young adolescents libidos were not crying to express, but actually music was really our passion and we felt a real respect for Stacia and didn't even imagine having sex with her in our wanking fantasies. I think she would be glad to read that. Now she's a painter and I think she has erased this old and brief period of her memory (she only danced 3 years for the band). But she is not forgotten and she was an icon that will leave a stronger trace in rock that many light rock stars (even if in the seventies, all women in rock have been important in a way or another). Here I gathered all I could find on the net in quality good enough to be posted. There is surely more but I didn't find it. I unfortunately did not take pictures when I saw the band live although Stacia was in front of me, completely naked. The image is graved in my brain. Interesting and a little unsane, the cliche with Alice Cooper where she seems to be looked without much respect but it was Alice after all. Her site now here.