October 12, 2017

Hélène Lu - 365

Hélène Lu (her name could be Lucas or Pucheros) is a young Frecnh model (her site as model here) and photographer that uses self-portraits as more and more of her pairs, and it's true it's becoming hard to make a choice among them, but there's something in her work that I feel very touching and visually strong. The Francesca Woodman's influence and inspiration is clear (and if she doesn't know her, then this is a common unconscious approach of self-portraits). But it's true that it's maybe her face that shares the most similarities with the great lost American artist. The pictures are not all in black and white but often I prefer to chose one or another and not to mix both on the same post. So here I chose black and white images. Of course this selection is higly subjective and I encourage everyone to visit her tumblr blog here to see more and make your choice, 365 being one of these projects where the photographer takes one picture of herself everyday. Note that these nudes are not sexualized. Some of you may regret it but I think it's surely not the aim of her series and she succeeds in dissociating nudity of a young woman from eroticism. But it would be hypocritical to deny that some of them are (the last one for example). 

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