DOWN WITH PRINCE

Confusion in her eyes that says it all

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on September 21, 2010

The passageway of adolescene to adulthood and the difficulty of forming one’s identity are seen via women, in their teens, staring into the camera with a mixture of heightened self-awareness and awkwardness in Rineke Dijkstra’s “The Buzzclub (1996-1997)”, shot at the Buzzclub in urban Liverpool, England.

Posed against a minimal white background and exposed both to the camera and to the peers at the club, the adolescents are dressed up for a night out as they try on the masks of sex, seduction, adulthood, and cool. Despite trying very hard not to reveal their vulnerable outward appearance, most of them look silly in their desire to be attractive and exhibit lack of confidence and shyness, embodied in their tilted head and half-smile postures and in their attempts at imitating fashion models in clothing that does not quite fit the body.

This artwork shows individuals being exposed to influences of advertising, popular culture and their obsessive desire to search for identity through identification with an exterior element such as clothing instead of searching for inner qualities. There is no obvious agenda in these photographs. Dijkstra’s tendency to create portraits of awkward teens, however, is caused by her fascination of transition, vulnerability and purity, what she thinks are essential from human beings.

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http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/rineke-dijkstra/

 

 

The blind leading the blind

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on November 19, 2009

Walking through Flickr, it may happen that you will encounter the young Japanese photographer Toru Aoki who portraits in a way only few would have thought of. He strives for a sense of fogginess in his photographs, as if the world is seen through cataracts. Check out his website for some more samples of the ghostly images.

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http://www.toruaoki.com/

The darkest hour is always before the dawn

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on November 13, 2009

The wall leans out through my back
and makes the room smaller than before.
I pull myself together
and push it back.
Stay there I say
I still want to live.

But I turn the light off quickly again
− even the shadows were too heavy a weight …

Michael Strunge, The Room

Images: Felix Werbowy.

 

Thursday, 30 April 2009

 

Michael Strunge: Two Poems

The Danish poet Michael Strunge (1958-1986) published 11 collections of verse during his short lifetime. His work is marked by an intense, inwardly-focused anger at contemporary society. He belonged to the group of poets which in the 1980s gathered around the magazine Hvedekorn, whose editor was the poet and critic Poul Borum. The volume of Strunge’s collected poems (Samlede Strunge. Digte, 1978-1985) runs to 1005 pages.

The Time GuardSaw you in the street under the clock
as if all this was yours.
And you stood with the key in your hand
and were about to open to rooms
of clarified silence and dust
or shiny surfaces
of constant change.
Then you went away and left me alone
to keep an eye on the time
and fill those hours
with a rearranged emptiness
whose noise is inexplicable sounds
and the breathing
that is only mine
and always the same.The RoomThe wall leans out through my back
and makes the room smaller than before.
I pull myself together
and push it back.
Stay there I say
I still want to live.But I turn the light off quickly again
− even the shadows were too heavy a weight …

While we’re waiting…

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on November 5, 2009

Grunge

Posted in Literature, Music, Photography by downwithprince on October 20, 2009

Author Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) writes about the discovery of Seattle punk youth illustrated with 160 black and white iconic photographs of Michael Lavine taken between 1983-1993. Available at Colette. Images via ssense.

Lady Gaga vs Araki

Posted in Magazines, Photography by downwithprince on September 16, 2009

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These photos are for Vogue Hommes Japan #3 – taken in August when she was visiting Tokyo. I like the concept of black and white photo with painted colors. Actually, Lady Gaga is the first American woman he has photographed. Araki is known for his abstract painting and bondage photographs. Below is a video where he is working on a new technique called Koushoku. (Via)

 

Get your black-and-white overdose

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on September 15, 2009

Hedi Slimane, former head of design at Dior, is certainly one of my favorite photographers, if not the favorite. He photographs the truth by capturing the unawareness of the boys and girls. Go to the Hedi Slimane Diary for more photos.

Raising eyebrows

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on September 14, 2009

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I came across Eleanor Hardwick on Dazed Digital. At the age of 12 her interest in photography began by taking simple pictures of her Japanese dolls and has quickly grown into work that seems to be years beyond her age. See her photostream on Flickr.