|Ahh Mert and Marcus, sigh. Anyone who actually reads my profane and banal blog will know that|
Mert & Marcus are by far my favourite fashion photographers because they
aren't afraid to push the envelope and say "how much nudity is too much nudity?", but they
do it tastefully, it isn't just tits and ass.But these images are so great in expressing a connection established between subject and photographer, model and lens. The photos are stripped of any embellishments or distractions and an intimate relationship is forged.
These are from an editorial in LOVE magazine from about a year ago called, "Body Conscience", obvious pun. They photographed 12 of the world's most famous and desirable supermodels. Ofcourse sex sells, there is no need to be naive about it and fashion is a realm where the nude human form is often explored and celebrated, rather than branded a taboo. Master of seduction, Tom Ford encapsulated this well when he said,
""With a more natural relationship to nudity, we might also be freed up to find each other a lot more fascinating. There's an equality to being naked; the fewer clothes and accessories a person wears the less you judge them, and the more you notice their truest traits, like their eyes or their charisma, their great hands or their one-of-a-kind hair or, most importantly, their personality and character. ".
I think it's a stunning collection of photographs and any artsy fartsy person will notice the Helmut Newton influences coursing through the editorial, maybe a splash of Guy Bourdin?
Explicit ? Yes. Smut? Pornography? I think not. Ofcourse you need to see the photographs for what they are, naked women; but we've all seen our fair share of breasts, some more than others, and I think these images are beautiful, alluring and a saturnalia of the female form.
Besides, who doesn't want to see Lara Stone's fun bags?
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