The human figure amongst ruins
An exhibition running from 28th May to 11th June 2011
Curated by =AlexandraB24
After a gap we are back with our online exhibitions. The theme of this gallery show is the human figure amongst ruins. This still comes under the fine art photography umbrella but it has developed as a very specific subgenre and it usually , though not exclusively, involves nudes. Here on dA there is a new group that specialises in this kind of nudes - check it out, it is the #Derelict-Nudes
This exhibition is timely. It serves a dual purpose:
1. reiterating that photography of male and female figures, clothed or unclothed,in derelict/abandoned buildings/ surroundings, are still to be classed as fine art photography - hence of interest to this group
2. showcasing the talent on dA by presenting some of the most striking examples to be found on this site.
A bit of history and context first. The fascination with ruins was quintessentially Romantic , and more specifically Gothic. What is more evocative than a figure, especially a female one, in what looks like an abandoned building, with rubble and decay surrounding her? A popular theme in paintings, it is no wonder that photography picked this up. When the figure is nude the contrast of the bare skin against the rough textures of the derelict building is aesthetically pleasing. The word we want is 'picturesque'. And of course the idea of the picturesque, though it had been around for at least 300 years, was really reformulated by the British who instituted the 'Grand Tour' in the late 18th century and with that introduced the idea of looking at a landscape 'like a picture'. So, in some ways, the rise of the picturesque also marks the beginning of tourism. Enough said.
There is more that could be added, what I am giving here is pointers and ideas for you to mull over and perhaps comment on. Let me just say that it is not always only about beauty, the content and the context too matter and there may be conflicting messages hidden in the images you see.
But of course, the most important thing is the photographs which this theme has inspired. Here they are. Dont forget to fav the news item [link]
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