“The games we play as children are rehearsals for the roles we play in life. Traditional toys for girls nurture homemaker stereotypes, simulating traditional domestic roles through play. In these photographs, I am exploring the possibility of the same staging taking place with the prolific, but publicly hidden occupation of prostitution. By constructing these scenes in miniature, I project representations of the sex industry onto the medium of the conventional dollhouse. As polar opposites, the homemaker and the sex worker are highly constructed and restrictive roles, the most deeply-rooted myths of the feminine.
Pieced together from many sources of representation these constructed spaces can be peered-into and examined.”
Eisen is an emerging photography-based artist from Toronto, Canada.
‘ “See Inside Box for Details,” aims to re-evaluate our understanding of product advertising by juxtaposing unlikely and confronting elements into some of our most loved and well known consumer icons. Ben Frost confronts the conjoined twins of capitalism and consumerism with striking compositions that present a chaotic look at a seedy nature underlining pop culture, presenting sex and violence in a glamorous role.’
via [Shooting Gallery]
“This work is about dreams, love and the desire to battle loneliness and isolation from society. I want to capture the horror, emotional tension and hidden beauty that can be found in these individual exiles. Lost souls who crave ever lasting love. When someone’s life is void of this, memories and dreams are held onto the dearest. This series pays homage to these important moments. Memories of longing are held for safe keeping, in which there are visual contrasts between the real and the surreal. It is often this world that borders on fiction that keeps us searching for love and happiness throughout the rest of our lives.”
Victor Cobo was born in 1971, and is a Spanish-American photographer who is based in New York. Cobo is a self-taught photographer, and was fired from his first job after he finished college for being caught with inappropriate photographs he had taken on the streets. His works exude a sense of rawness and reality in their depiction of the object, and his series, Remember When You Loved Me, captures the feelings of isolation, loneliness, and melancholia in every slice. His latest series, Behind The Smoke Colored Curtain, depicts similarly edgy, gritty photographs in black and white.
Completely and spectacularly bizarre.
I have this as a postcard pinned up on my wall.
Images via [Von Gloeden]
Homoerotic photography by German photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden.