Monday, September 24, 2007

Photographers Part 2

Naked Man
A couple of years ago I went to an exhibit and lecture at the De Cordova museum in Waltham, of Arno Rafael Minkkinen's work. He is a photographer born in Finland & now a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The bulk of his photography consists of the most unusual portraits of himself in varied natural settings. He blends parts or all of his tall, slim, angular body into the scene. At first, you may not see the naked man. But then you see that a shape is part of his leg, back, face, or arms...... Arno captures himself in seemingly impossible poses like a master yoga guru. As for technique, it was difficult, at least for me, to see how he executed some of his photographs. He is floating above scenes or objects, or holding his body amazingly still. If you ever get the chance, check out the book that accompanied the show: "Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005."

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