August 29, 2014

William Ropp - Various

I wonder why it took me so much time to post about William Ropp. Since he's French, I have no excuses. Since his work is strong, fascinating and relevant to the main thema of this blog, I have less than no excuses. Born in 1960 in Nancy, where he still lives, he keeps his path through the mysterious nature of the human face and body considered as landscapes haunted by a strange phenomenon called life. He is mainly interested by children and he provides a thrilling imagery of childhood, not dissimilar to the most anguishing child's characters books and movies offered in the past. Sometimes, the influence of Sally Mann is obvious but he avoids mimetism. Although he became one of the greatest specialists of domesticating black and white, like Odilon Redon in the past he changed his technique and he's currently working with colour. The result is stunning and will provide the opportunity for another post later. His site here.

August 23, 2014

Peter Kaaden - Miscellaneous

Peter Kaaden, a young German photographer, working in Berlin after a stay in New York where he worked notably for Ryan McGinley. What's sure is that he seems to specializes himself in shoots of people in their worst and most embarrassing moments. Not totally new but he dares to show things few have previously. And all the models seem rather OK with that. Finally, there's more life here than in most arty pictures. It only lacks the king of naturalism that we can find in the eastern photography, specially Russian. His blog here.

InterZone - Various models

Although the work of this French photographer (didn't find his name) belongs to the erotic imagery, not really the domain covered by this blog, it's a fantastic pleasure to see that he chooses female models with real gynoid body shapes (the famous pear metaphor, the symbol of feminity and paradoxically the shape which is the less appreciated in the media for feminine representations, maybe because we are in a period of male-oriented normalisation, and because men actually hide their homosexual inclination in changing female norms towards masculine anatomy). And with their pubic hair. And with curves. And with cellulitis (a wrong word, cellulitis is a severe subcutaneous infection). The fact is these pictures seem unusual for erotic images of women when actually they are among the rare ones that truly show how nature built women bodies (but of course, there's a wide variety of natural female body shapes, everything in "nature" displaying a gaussian distribution). You can see much more (in particular colour pictures) here and buy some there. Hope this will be followed by more photographers in the future.

August 22, 2014

Olivier Fermariello - Je t'aime moi aussi

The photographer's statement seems to me the most important comment to add to this series (and since I had a scientific paper rejected today with a severe judgement about my English, I'm not in the mood to make myself ridiculous in writing about it). "Showing a naked body in public may still be considered as a means to draw people’s attention over a social matter, especially when the boundaries of ideological spaces defined by the traditional socio-sexual roles are openly trespassed. People with disability in most cases feel the discrimination of not being considered entirely as a man or a woman: instead they feel treated either as children, either as beings belonging to a third gender, neutral with no libido. This project is about people, who are suffering from this kind of discrimination, but are not willing to give up their fight choosing a direct way to express themselves revealing their intimacy." You can read a story about some of the models and see the full series here. Although I'm not sure this is the best way to treat disabilited bodies, it deserves to be seen and discussed. And there's a true empathy with models and a warm atmosphere that reminds some ancient paintings. But I wrote more that I wanted to. PS. The title of the series is in French and not mine (inspired by a Serge Gainsbourg's erotic song). It's the actual title.