Thursday, March 24, 2016

20th Century Photographers

André Kertész

This photo is from the last collection of André Kertész's "Distortion" series taken in 1984 a year before his death.   This photo along with the rest of his series depicts the distorted view that not only society has on the female form but women themselves have about themselves.  This sits true especially in society today on how women are altering themselves from what they were to look fake and distorted.  I really like his use of his subjects and the bending of light to get a distorted look.  This was one of my favorite photos he did.  

Roy Decarava

Roy Decarava's photography was very in tune with the times he was living in and was immersed in the jazz and blues culture.  The music at most times was very broody and solemn but at times was contrasted with light hearted vibes.  This picture depicts that contrast with the African American piano man playing in a darkly lit room but dressed in a white shirt playing on the white keys of the piano.  I love the feeling this photo gives you can almost hear the music playing.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Life Once Removed" by Susan Heintz

I thoroughly enjoy Susan Heintz imagery in her photographs.  Not only are the vibrant in color and contrast but quirky and at times creepy as well.

The image above shows her sharing a "romantic" picnic with an otherwise uninterested partner in the mannequin.  Nowadays we as a whole are finding ourselves in plastic relationships that may appear perfect and pretty on the outside but soulless and hallow on the inside.  

We yearn for the affection from the ones we love but most of the time get nothing blank, faceless emotions in return.  Public displays of affection becomes contrived and as fake as the mannequins in the photos.

These plastic relationships also can extend to the immediate family including children.  The kids in todays world are becoming more and more fake not only physically but emotionally as well.  We can pose and stand as a family but behind closed doors there is nothing.  

Susan Heintz collection "Life Once Removed" is intelligent, witty and sad as well.  She is showing us how society as a whole is just full of plastic people.