A few days ago, before Black Friday, I awoke to find a 50% off coupon from Borders in my inbox. I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to purchase the book that I've coveted for quite some time - the resissue ofHelmut Newton Sumo.
I am extraordinarily thrilled to own this book. No other artist has had more influence on my photography - specifically his more glamorous, slightly exploitative erotic works. While many feminist would argue that his nudes were plainly objectifying (and that would be a fair assessment, I suppose), I think that his nudes functioned to temper glamor with something relatable - sex. The problem with many erotic images is that the woman appears to a puppet for the desire of the male gaze - never so with Newton's work. The nude women that Newton presented were strong, sculptural, and in control of their sexuality.
Wearing Essie in Playa Del Platinum + Essie Matte Topcoat. It looks grey in this photo, in real life it's an off-white color, similar to the color of soymilk.