Friday, June 29, 2012

The Tease of Black and White

Helmut Newton: Photographer 

Bare breasts, lit cigarettes, and the smoking barrel. Mixing high fashion and foreplay, Helmut Newton's black and white photography exposes the sin of beauty; I like it, crave it, and want more. Stark shades of contrast highlight the artificial paradox of expensive taste and cheap latex. Newton immortalizes femme fatale perfection through the stage of erotic confidence and self-gratification. His images manifest the wide-eyed, unadulterated give-and-take between master and muse. 

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Do we Ever Change?

Irna Werning : Photographer 
Series: Back to the Future 

Back to the Future constructs a perceivable time jump into the subject's life, recreating past moments into the present. Seemingly causal snapshots are given new meaning in their time capsule embodiment. In a flash children in grass skirts become women and a young couple grows old together in another. The most striking awareness comes not from the very apparent aging of people, but from the timeless feeling within the photograph. While the wrinkles and tattoos are new the smiles, attitudes, and that immortal sense of self are still the same which begs me to ask the question, "Do we really ever change?"