3/26/2011

anxiety always in the age of anxiety







Fell in love with this editorial immediately. It's deliberate, purposefully disassociative, and ultimately anxiety-inducing. Her coldly premeditated outfits beg the question, why is she alone in her home, dressed to the nines, seemingly with nowhere to go? It's this classic "caged woman" idea, and plays on our voyeuristic tendencies. These photos are so meticulously lit and composed, they almost feel like carefully constructed dioramas...albeit with a heavy dose of white-knuckle calculation. Reminds me a lot of the erotic work by another of my favorite photographers (and a good friend), Chas Ray Krider. His work explores the fetish of transient sex by way of motel rooms. He also primarily utilizes stiff lighting and angles, cooly aloof models, and crime scene-esque tableaus that feel just as pressure-ridden are they are sensual.








8 comments:

billie said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing.

wobblinbetty said...

oh you are so right about the editorial you posted: very beautiful and yet a bit disturbing and as you said anxiety-inducing.

and I didn't know Chas work but it looks very interesting, I love the motel room theme! I must check more of his shots now xxx

Amy said...

The first editorial you posted is creepy because of its temporal alienation. At first glance, it looks like a throwback to the 1960s or 70s. But the closer you peer, the more modern the woman appears. The 80s style TV in the corner adds to the space-time distortion.

Her self-amusement, expressed through both dancing and laughing alone, can also be seen as an exploration of themes of self-arousal and masturbation. Or maybe I'm just reading too deep, as usual ;)

Lux Vivens said...

So much amazing...

meg // morningmidnight said...

oh, yelena yemchuk. you've come so far from billy corgan!

Mat said...

glad you like the keyring, dali is pretty much my hero. i have been to the museum but it's just relocated to tampa.

these do feel a bit bourdin-esque but not in a bad way, nice model choices i think

Six Six Sick said...

Really like the editorial, but I think I even like your friend's work better! They kind of have the weird sensuality of a David Lynch film.
xx
Tiffany

Strawberry Freckleface said...

freaking love that lime green carpet.

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