September 17, 2017

Evan Baden - Technically intimate

Recently I had to remove my Instagram file cos' some were planning to use it against me. I mean that I was informed that some dumb assholes attendants of my work (I'm a lecturer) were (and are still) trying to make publicly a fool of myself, projecting some of the pictures of me and my babe where one can see some nudity (nothing as crude as on Scoptophilia of course, it's Instagran, the ultimate censorship). Anyway, this provides to me the opportunity to make here a post about this very interesting series by Evan Baden, a male American photgrapher born in 1985. This series was done in the end of the first decade of this century, and things have ever from then, changed still a bit since bodies are more and more normatives and I doubt that the teenagers that were on this series would still make this sort of selfies today. They would take much more "sexy" postures. We could write pages and pages about this temptation to take pictures of ourselves in suggestive situation and to post them. I would say that it's a form of generosity, there's always some people that will find you are beautiful or even exciting to watch. And after all where's the crime? Anyway, you can see more from this photographer here. You can see other pictures of this series there. I integrated in the post only the ones in high quality that I found on the net. The ones on the artist's site are of too poor definition. Note that on the last picture of the post, this is Evan Baden in front of a poster with the images of the series. Note too that the picture in the dark is a lightning essay shoot, not belonging to the series. 

September 13, 2017

Rudolf Kartelin - The artist and his models

Let's have some colours now. Looking at the posts of the last weeks, it may seem that Scoptophilia became a black and white monomaniac blog. It did not. So I'll post some couloured images in the further posts. Tonight a Russian photographer based in Moscow and called Rudolf Kartelin. Don't know how old he is but it is said that he is in activity since 1975 so I suppose he's born before 1955. I also suppose that it's him on the pictures near his models. His style belongs to what we could call painting-inspired imagery (PII, let's try to create the appelation). You can find some other ones on Scoptophilia (Jeff Bark, Vadim Dimov, Alex Dawson, Christine Von Diepenbroek, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Osmyn J Oree, Albert Rasyulis and sometimes Vincent Gouriou or Patrick Gomme but there are surely others that I forget). It's not really the style I consider the most interesting but it's true that sometimes I'm  sensible to the technical tour-de-force and even troubled by the final result. It is the case with this photographer. So I share it with you. Maybe you will too. And there is also a Jan Saudek flavour that enhances the pictures. A site here. Note that the title of the post is mine, not the real name of the series. 

September 8, 2017

Emilie Jouvet - Black and white works

Emilie Jouvet is a well-known (not only) photographer (born in 1976) but also multimedia artist strongly involved over the last 20 years in the LGBT, queer, feminist and either post-porn (but I could add much more) movements. You can find a lot of conceptual and intellectual considerations about her work (in French) here on a page of a source funding operation for a book around her work. I won't add anything to all this, having not any legimity to do it. I'll just say that above all this wording, there are some strong pictures that deserve to be worldwide known. I hope to contribute to that. Sorry not to post more pictures, but those are the only ones I cound find in HR. 

September 3, 2017

Romy Alizée - Quand j'ai joui sur toi

Romy Alizée is a (rather) young photographer that was previously a model for male photographers such as Gilles Berquet and Ren Hang (recently dead) but felt the need to provide a fresh iconography for female desire. She often (but not always) uses self-portraits, all in black and white, and all in argentic not numeric. It's quite visible in the texture of the images, giving a sort of 70's and 80's aspect to her pictures. The result, called "Quand j'ai joui sur toi" (which means "When I came on you") is of course far from the mainstream erotic imagery and even far from any form of power of excitation. The model (Romy Alizée herself) is often like absent from the scene, never apparently taking any pleasure in what is a static and desincarnate scenography. I don't really understand the underlying message (even after hearing her in interview) but who cares, the important is that the images make a strong and enduring impression in our brain. I just feel that this vision of sexuality is too "parisian" for me (a sort of hieratic gesture with a lack of spontaneity). You can see more (I've selected in priority self-portraits) on her tumblr here.  For French-speaking visitors, there is an interview. 

September 1, 2017

Yves Trémorin - "La mère" and "Cette femme là"


If there was a proof that this blog is not managed by a real expert in history of art-photography, this post will provide one. The fact that there was no post about these series by Yves Trémorin is totally unexplainable but by the fact that I'm no way a real historian of photography, even not a specialist since this work is a golden standard in the history of French photography. Yves Trémorin, born in 1959 (in other words he has my age but nobody gives a fuck), took picture of her mother (in La mère, the first images of the post, the nude ones) and of her grand-mother in Cette femme là (the last images of the series, the dressesd ones). This was between 1983 and 1987. This is a crude, raw and rough vision of the body (at least the skin) when times has done its dirty job to salvage it. Actually, the attempt results in nothing on a metaphysical plan (there's no propedeutic of death said Jankelevitch) and this series does not help. But it's a major contribution to the visual approach of the body so it had to be on Scoptophilia. Note that to have seen today my mother more and more looking as these women above, influenced my choice. A site about Yves Trémorin here.