October 15, 2017

Christophe Pok - Various images

Sorry, although this is (again) a French photographer (graphic designer, image maker, as it is said on his Instagram account) I don't know anything about this guy. But what's important is that his erotic iconography is great and I'm happy to have discovered it. Of course, it is not new and everyone could cite a lot of well-known influences (Helmut Newton being not the last), but it is done with an incredible talent. And some images are stunningly provocative and powerful, such as the ones with a large burning hole hiding the model's vulva. Moreover, the  poses of the models are dynamic and highly evocative of a hot sexual content. And the image treatment provides a timeless ambiance to the scene. Again a strong post. After more than 7 years, it's fantastic to have so many new great images to post. Unfortunately, the only link I have for this photographer is his Instagram account here. If he reads these lines, he can add in comments another link to a site or a tumblr blog. 

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). 

October 8, 2017

Vanda Spengler - Various works

We met Vanda Spengler yesterday. It was her turn to "keep" the gallery where was the "Corps vieux" ("Old bodies") collective exhibition (in Paris, at the 59 Rivoli). But unfortunately it's over (see here for more info, in French, about it, maybe it will be hosted by other towns in the future, it deserves it). Looking, after our small and very nice talk, what was usually Vanda's work, it was clear it fitted completely with the thema of Scoptophilia, even if bodies in her work are more in support of discourses, either about internal torments (in Vertigo),the place of the human body in nature (in Origines), or the flesh as a concrete material but not in its incarnation (in Blocs de chair), the iconography is strong and this Swiss-born (in 1982) artist living in Paris, would deserve to have an international notoriety. I hope to contribute, modestly, to it with this post, since most of the visitors are not French. Her site here, her tumblr blog there. Above, a selection of my favorite images found on her site. Below a video about a film on her. Impossible to integrate the film (Vanda Spengler... aura ta peau) in the post so you can see it here (54 min)