Tuesday, 16 December 2008

ACTION MAN by Alex Sandwell Kliszysnki

ACTION MAN by Alex Sandwell Kliszynski
I came across Alex's work on a chance encounter with his website and, having seen his doctored photograph of a body builder, I thought how neat it would be to have a similar image of myself. His original series of images comprised mainly barbie doll images of young women in provocative, pornographic poses.

His work explored the idea of the human/doll composite. It was intended as a satirical take on the pornographic image, posing questions about desire and fantasy and their representation in mainstream post-feminist culture.

He draws attention to the objectification of the body and, at the same time, the disassociation between the commercialised male sexual fantasy figure and everyday experience of human relationships.

We met at what was then the Market Coffee House in Brushfield Street London on 12th November 2008 and he kindly agreed to take my photograph.

ALEX in 2008
The shoot took place in his home studio near Cambridge and we spent an interesting three or four hours taking the photographs and discussing music, photography, films and the fact that his CD collection was stacked in alphabetical order. I was incredibly pleased with the resulting photograph although it often provokes a quizzical reaction from those who view it. It makes them feel uncomfortable which I guess was the original idea.

Alex still lives near Cambridge with his family.

WEBSITE: http://www.xandersandwell.com/

Thursday, 27 November 2008

NOBODY TOLD ME by Dafydd Dil

NOBODY TOLD ME by Dafydd Dil
Dafydd was born and raised in Dundee and had a fairly typical Scottish upbringing as the middle child of two sisters. At the age of 15, he enrolled at Dundee College where he started his education in Photography, learning the technical skills that made it possible to turn his thoughts and imagination into images.He moved to London and, in 2006, he joined 12 classmates in a Photography course at the City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University. The thirteen of them formed a close bond and, in May 2008, they formed the group “Thirteen” and exhibited for the first time as a collective at the AOP Gallery in East London. Dafydd now divides his time between Germany and England but regularly meets other members of the group.He continues to exhibit widely. 

Dafydd, a thoroughly nice person, came down to our house in Milford to photograph me. As part of his own project, “The Beautiful People”, Dafydd wanted to capture people doing something that is completely natural for them, eg cooking, gardening, reading the newspaper etc. but to photograph them doing these things in the nude. I suggested that we concentrated on me both reading The Guardian and also listening to music on my headphones. I chose the latter for this project. The photograph shows me listening and dancing to John Lennon singing “….nobody told me there would be days like these………”

And nobody did.