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.
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.
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.
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)
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.