Female Nude- Robert Mapplethorpe

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.”

Robert Mapplethorpe was a New York photographer who gained notoriety in the 80’s for his photographs of flowers and nude portraits (usually homoerotic images of men). I first encountered his work several years ago & was struck by the strong studies of form that, at the same time presented confronting subject matter.

The shot I have chosen here is atypical of Mapplethorpe’s nudes in that it is a female model- I have included it because I think the use of light and shadow is really interesting- the model’s skirts are hoisted above her head,  and to the far right of the frame the shadow of a tree looks as though it could have been cast by the model.


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