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    Discuss a Melanie Manchot photograph

    Melanie Manchot is a photographer who interests me, especially her work in the Ukraine, and also her pictures of her ageing mother.

    I've included a link with a bit of text as well as pictures - it was the images of her mother I was firstly most interested in hearing people's views about.

    To me it addresses the whole concept of 'the female nude' in a rather different way...

    http://photo.box.sk/about.php3?id=26

    Cate

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    My first thought: Jo Spence's work from twenty years ago, but with artsy effects which I really don't like. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen B
    My first thought: Jo Spence's work from twenty years ago, but with artsy effects which I really don't like. Sorry.

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    Helen
    You don't have to apologise! I'm quite impartial about it - just interested in peoples' responses.
    I think Jo Spence's work was wonderful - but maybe a bit different in that she was documenting her disease aswell, which made took it onto another level a bit (more complex maybe, and possibly more profound).

    There was one of Manchot's mother which I did like which was put on a billboard, can't find it just at the moment but will try....
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    My carefully considered response: Phooey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    My carefully considered response: Phooey.
    Care to elucidate?

    Do you mean her pictures or her words?

    I think it may be a case of her pics working better without words.....and I wasn't so impressed by her 'kissing project'; but found her pics of her mother interesting...

    BTW I heard her speak in 'real life' and she comes over as a thoughtful, sincere, and quite 'ordinary' (in the best sense) kind of person....perhaps not as pretentious as this article makes her sound....

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    I found it quite disgusting.
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    Disgusting seems to be the wrong word here, and I'm not sure her use of it adds to the work. I think exploring the female form that's not "ideal" is a good place to think about aging, and mortality. But, as said above, this work is a little too "arty", and ultimately, tries to hide that form. Why? When, and not to put too fine a point on it, many of us may in fact have such figures

    Is aging, and mortality disgusting? Hope not... we are all careening quickly in that direction. I just wish this work were executed more beautifully, and less muddily. It might be more provacative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne Revy
    Is aging, and mortality disgusting? Hope not... we are all careening quickly in that direction. I just wish this work were executed more beautifully, and less muddily. It might be more provacative.
    It's funny because I actually hadn't seen these works before I posted them, and I agree there's something about the black and white......the others I've seen are in colour, taken with quite bright lighting and couldn't be called 'muddy'; anyway, quite different. Though I wouldn't call these 'disgusting' in any way and didn't think before that she would have done ....maybe I'm not searching effectively but I can't get one of the colour ones to link....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanne Revy
    Disgusting seems to be the wrong word here, and I'm not sure her use of it adds to the work.
    Perhaps, but it is my opinion of her work.
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    Disgusting? Yes. Too arty? Yes.

    Joyce Tennyson does a much better job, and a more honest job, of the same concept.
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