I have been absent from the blog for a little while because I have been supporting my family through difficult times. However tonight I needed a little relief so I decided to take to the computer and type out a few blog posts.
I discovered the below series of photos whilst researching online and they made me smile. I took them as a sign that I needed to write on the blog again. I also feel that they reflect the way I feel at the moment - emotionally drained. It seems that the artist wanted to express a slightly different idea in this series - I wasn't far off though. And this is why I can connect with this artwork.
In In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) Italian photographer Sandro Giordano captures men and women face-planting with their belongings strewn around them. Giordano reveals that "each shot tells about worn out characters who, as if a sudden black-out of mind and body took over, let themselves crash with no attempt to save themselves, unable, because of the fatigue of the everyday representation of living, oppressed by appearance instead of simply existing."
Each figure holds items that he or she has fallen to save symbolising the fact that humans are very attached to
"They reach their limit beyond which their false self cannot go. Each of them saves an object, they hold it in their hand and it symbolizes this falsification. This pretence is represented not only by the objects but also the clothes, the hairstyles and the location.’"
Each photo has been carefully composed using live models and props, manipulated and arranged into the various scenes. Good ideas are often brought to life with careful planning. The faceless pictures remind us of ourselves.
Which is your favourite? Comment at the end of the post!