Category Archives: Photography

Have you ever heard of Francesca Woodman? by Ruth-Eloise Lewis

Francesca Woodman was an American photographer, mainly producing beautiful black and white works.  Woodman’s works display many diverse influences from symbolism and surrealism to Baroque painting. The ethereal and timeless quality of these pieces seem dream-like  and strangely haunting.  She began taking photographs at the young age of 13 and was only 22 when she produced the main bulk of her work. Nobody really talks about proteges in terms of photographers, but most certainly, she had to have been one.

Much of Woodman’s work explores notion of gender and looking, concentrating on the relationship of the body in relation to its surroundings. And most notably, the female body is what is considered traditional ‘feminine’ surroundings, the private rooms of houses. The interior as opposed to the public exterior. Woodman places her own body in the work often but her self-representation is often blurred or partially hidden, rendering her ghost-like and fleeting.  Her body often blends into the disintegrating spaces,  becoming a part of the peeling wallpaper or empty door frames. The vulnerability of her naked body is left exposed intimately yet through her specific photographic techniques, you feel as if you can never quite grasp the whole honest truth about the subject.  Blink and she is gone.

 

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN INSPIRATIONAL PLACES by Olivia Atkins

LIVE CREATE ENJOY!

Life is short … so let us appreciate the beauty of life itself!

Some female friends of mine have put together a photo-blog of them running free through the streets of Guadalajara, a city in Mexico. Let us celebrate in their dance abilities and freedom and youth! Armed with only a camera and a gaggle of girl-friends, the photos are a reminder of the strength and elegance of the woman. They playfully seduce the camera in a range of dance styles from ballet and gymnastics to hula hooping and pole-dancing. These women are alive and inspiring, both in their physical strength and the unity of their friendship, which is apparent in their smiles and through the  intimacy of the camera-shots.

These photos don’t do these girls justice… they are MORE magical than they look. The blog is called LIVE CREATE ENJOY, a reminder to live life how we want to & overcome the obstacles that hunt us in our day-to-day lives. So take inspiration from the inspiring…, transform the normal and the mundane into the inspiring… and keep looking for whatever it is that makes you tick…! Life is a whirlwind waiting to happen, the streets are our oyster!

LIVE CREATE ENJOY

OLIVIA ATKINS

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Gender and Movement: Sincerely Hana by Hana Pesut

I have been reading a lot of Judith Butler recently which has led me to thinking about gender and the way we navigate and experience our bodies. The way we move, the way we walk, how we feel when we open our mouths and the words tumble out. I’ve always believed, and still do, that gender is a social construction. As a woman, I am taught to be pretty, to be delicate and gentle. Remember girls, it is not very lady-like to go stomping around heavy footed, legs akimbo with a wide gait. Of course that is a difference experience to living in a male body. Furthermore, how does the pressure of the patriarchy affect the way we move as women? When I am out say in a club, or at a bar, then I am aware that my body, and movements, are being watched and judged. I am aware women’s bodies have been seen purely as sexual objects for centuries. That has infiltrated into my conscious and made me more likely to stick my hips out in a ‘feminine’ manner or cross my legs politely.

An art project posted at Sincerely Hana by Hana Pesut explores ideas about gender and movement. Men and women change outfits and are photographed. It is interesting to see how the clothes affect the movement of the models. Their poses change instantly, the men sticking their hips out or the women crossing their arms. Is gender just a piece of clothing? A fabric that can be taught, be glued together, be learnt and be experienced?

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Men-Ups: Men Photographed in Stereotypical Pin-Up Poses

Have a gander through this series by the photographer Rion Sabean where the presentation of men posing in stereotypical pin-up shots instantly become humorous, even ridiculous. Sabean highlights the huge gender inequality we see today in the media, where women are still objectified and sexualised in everyday images.

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The Lakes.

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Marianne.

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High Heels and Gravestones.

Model: Christy O’Donnell. Photography by Marianne.

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