Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's elemental

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements. - William Shakespeare

A few weekends ago I went to a Meetup near the San Jose airport.  For two hours, six photographers worked with one model, Aleska.  This crowded setup made me work on keeping the photo shoot down to a few charged elements and keep the rest simple.

While these photos have few elements, each adds layers to the sensuality.  This is true of life in general.  When we first are attracted to a moment, and the person or people in it, we often focus on those charged elements that have meaning to us.  In these photos, what elements draw you in, the crop, the stockings, her smooth and sensual lines, or maybe nothing at all.  Not all photos, nor moments in life, have to draw us in.

I feel that while it is easy to build complex stories and narratives in art, our interactions, our romantic lives, etc., it is often the simple elements that we remember most.  These include the line of a lovers jaw, the scent of our combined sex, the light in her eyes, or the feel of the soft sheets we are entangled in.

As with many of my recent shares, I post both the black and white and color versions for your viewing.  Any thoughts on which work and what doesn't are appreciated.

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