Yes, I understand exactly what you are saying. A better way for me to say it would be that the main purpose of the mentioned religious art is something other than to simply exist as visual art. I still think "commercial" is part of it, but not the whole thing. I do believe that religions also double as businesses...if only out of necessity. Or maybe (more likely in my mind) they are businesses that double as religions...who knows.
Originally Posted by eddym
I really don't get it - if the Paradis images are the same ones viewable with a basic Google search, I don't see what's "done well" about them - she's nude/naked depending on your perspective, and what looks like blasted with light. They don't really appeal to me at all.
Originally Posted by scootermm
I have this same issue with most of the other Juergen Teller work I've seen, and much of Terry Richardson's as well. Maybe I just don't understand fashion/glamour photography in general...
Lily Cole? Who is she? She's got bird legs, big a$$...I've seen enough...
I think you just pretty much answered your own question.
Originally Posted by mabman
It just doesnt work for you.
Thats the beautiful subjectivity of taste in art.