Love and Desire by Willliam A. Ewing is an interesting source of information about the ideal of "beauty" as it is manifest in the photographic medium. It is ironic that the emergence of photo as a medium came at the height of victorian modesty (prudery?)....so that female nudes were disparaged when they wore the "costume of Mother Eve." Is the realism of photographs of the female body impossibly explicit, or is it the gestures that "heat up" the image?
In order to "cool down" our original negatives, yet still invoke beauty, we used photoshop to recreate the fragmented art of rational Greeks and to eliminate gestures and expressions.
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