Archive for the ‘ Ironic ’ Category
Artist Paul Harfleet plants pansies in sites where homophobic abuse as been reported and photographs them, titling each photo after the abusive language or violent incident that took place or after the victim’s name.
From the official site:
A string of homophobic abuse on a warm summer’s day was the catalyst for this project. The day began with two builders shouting; “it’s about time we went gaybashing again isn’t it?”; continued with a gang of yobs throwing abuse and stones at my boyfriend and me, and ended with a bizarre and unsettling confrontation with a man who called us ‘ladies’ under his breath. Over the years I have become accustomed to this kind of behaviour, but I came to realise it was a shocking concept to most of my friends and colleagues.
It was in this context that I began to ponder the nature of these verbal attacks and their influence on my life. I realised that I felt differently about these experiences depending on my mental state so I decided to explore the way I was made to feel at the location where these incidents occur. What interested me was the way that the locations later acted as a prompt for me to explore the memories associated with that place. I wanted in some way to manipulate these associations, In order to feel differently about the location and the memories it summoned.
The project’s official Facebook page has unfortunately been removed; you can show support for the project and demand its restoration here.
In Holly Norris’ remarkable American Able photo series, disabled model Jes Sachse reenacts several distinctive American Apparel adverts.
From Norris’ official site:
‘American Able’ intends to, through spoof, reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are invisibilized in advertising and mass media. I chose American Apparel not just for their notable style, but also for their claims that many of their models are just ‘every day’ women who are employees, friends and fans of the company. However, these women fit particular body types. Their campaigns are highly sexualized and feature women who are generally thin, and who appear to be able-bodied. Women with disabilities go unrepresented, not only in American Apparel advertising, but also in most of popular culture. Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’ In a society where sexuality is created and performed over and over within popular culture, the invisibility of women with disabilities in many ways denies them the right to sexuality, particularly within a public context.
Too often, the pervasive influence of imagery in mass media goes unexamined, consumed en masse by the public. However, this imagery has real, oppressive effects on people who are continuously ‘othered’ by society. The model, Jes Sachse, and I intend to reveal these stories by placing her in a position where women with disabilities are typically excluded.
I cannot embed the photos on this blog, but you can check them out here (maybe NSFW).
Phillip Toledano is an advertising and fashion photographer whose images of extreme plastic surgery have recently caught the eye of many internet surfers. What I found particularly interesting were some of his other series which tell stories. His Days With My Father series chronicles the last three years of his father’s life, who suffered from short-term memory loss and was mostly unaware his wife had died.
His Bankrupt series portrays scenes of abandoned offices. Ironically these depressing images were taken between 2001 and 2003, before the global recession.
Official Site (Some projects NSFW)