April 15, 2018

Jose Vital - Raf and Liane

Some months ago (last October) I did a post about this photographer, that I supposed to be French but maybe he's from Portugal, no matter anyway. Among his prolific work (with a reduced selection in the above post), most of it with Raf as the model, he provided this unusual series shot with an elderly, maybe his or Raf's mum, maybe not, I didn't find any caption or statement about this series. I really find it fascinating, moving and semantically rich. On the status of the body first (interestingly the naked model, Raf, is not a barbie-like girl or a truck-driver cabin pin-up like neither, but an androgyn woman in her forties) but also on the confrontation of two totally opposed world unlikely meeting by the mediation of a photo-shooting. Note that actually, it's the naked model's world who makes an intrusion in the elderly one, giving the scene a provocative dimension. Note too that the two women do not seem to share anything, like if they were stucked in their closed attitude, Raf being a little bit more in interrelation than Liane. A strong series for sure. The complete series can be seen on Raf's blog here. Jose Vital's site there

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