Objectification - Gala Opening!Wed, September 19, 2007 - 9:33 PM
The show will run from October through December 2007 and there will be a Gala Opening on Sunday, Oct 21, from 3pm - 6pm.
For several years now I have been shooting the fabulous and gorgeous live models who grace the front windows of the Dark Garden Corsetry, (darkgarden.com), booth at the Dickens Fair, (dickensfair.com). I occasionally take a paraphelia shot - a picture of a boot, or a glove or the like.
In fall of 2006, I walked up to the window to shoot a picture of a model's boot, (and her single tail whip), and what with standing not two feet away from her, albeit separated by a pane of glass, I found myself embarrassed to be so obviously shooting her boot.
I noticed my embarrassment, backed up for a few seconds, and then proceeded to shoot the boot anyway. But the experience got me to thinking about how it's socially acceptable to shoot some parts of a person but not other parts and how shooting certain parts can be perceived as offensive.
So I challenged myself to take at least one shot of each model that did not include her eyes. The photographs included in this show are the result of that self challenge.
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what a challengeI can't help but find it humorous that you had to go out of your way to objectify women. This is NORMAL for most guys, last I checked...
I think it's interesting...
I think that most guys have passive, unobserved objectification. But, objectifying someone who you are not in a power dynamic with, and yet who is just standing there being objectified intentionally is different.
The only thing that makes it less difficult to do is the knowledge that the women in question have signed up to be objectified and in fact are used to it. I'd imagine it's more difficult for the to have just a *part* of them objectified. That makes it less personal and makes the model *really* realize that they are selling their body parts.
It forces them to move from the "I'm pretty so I'm used to being objectified" to the "I'm totally unimportant and my tits are being objectified and I still have to do this". I'd imagine it takes away some of the ego-boost that the model might ordinarily have.
It's a difficult thing to do and I respect the choice. People think it's hard for the sub to walk down the street in the middle of the day on a collar and leash. It's *also* hard for the Dom. This is similar, it's hard for the photographer to intentionally force this kind of feeling on a model because in some ways it's kind of cruel.
So, I think it's interesting. :-) Steve.