Should I include or exclude the body?

My research into the visual representation of race, gender and sexuality has thrown up some issues

  • Do I need to reference the body in my work?
  • Would I be denying that part of my reality without it?
  • But if I do include the body will it obscure the social factors of disability?

I think I need to at least explore some representations of the body, my body, now, whether or not they make the final cut. So my next project is decided.

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About anomiepete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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3 Responses to Should I include or exclude the body?

  1. I find this development in your work really interesting Pete, to me it adds something. It does not necessarily have to be in every pictures, maybe only as a ‘punctuation’ within a sequence or series.

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    • anomiepete says:

      I so very unsure Stephanie. But I am giving over the next couple of weeks to think, explore and experiment as I don’t have to decide what to include in any final work for a long while yet. My inclination is not to include at all – but then that is a denial of my reality. Maybe using the body in the way you describe – as secondary punctuating image – is an avenue to think about. 🙂

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      • Good luck with your research Pete! I was reading about Todd Hido saying that when he was a student with Larry Sultan, he often encouraged them to do some work as if from the point of view of somebody else, he told his students to create an alter ego and to create some work as this alter ego. Hido said that it freed him in his research process. Maybe that is a little something that you could try, to think about your project as if you were somebody else.

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