Sunday, May 3, 2009

Martin Schoeller (is looking at you)

I mentioned this photographer as an artist who uses people for portraits, mostly well known faces but sometimes not, and focuses in precise detail in order to show all the flaws and emotions in one face. So often the media uses makeup and digital rendering in order to create an image of a person in absolute beauty. What intrigues me about Martin is that he wipes that all away. Primarily focuses on the facial texture and structure to analyze one's emotions. It gives me shivers on how amazing some of these photographs look. Also almost makes me cry on how he can use a comedian to express a look that is utterly depressing. He did a series with female bodybuilders that made me feel weird. They are tanned to a bright orange, every muscle is sculpted, all feminism is almost hidden. In no shape or form do i think what they do is wrong, it is their life and their choice to feel a form of beauty that i just can't comprehend. But i think that Martin, but using these subjects, was to depict a particular message about these women. How they can be these individualistic females, with different backgrounds, but be in a body that some would not expect. He does that in so many pieces. Jim Carrey is a comedian known for his ridiculous expressions and outbursts of insanity and hilarity. He makes people fall off their chairs in laughter. However, he came out in public interviews not too long ago for having depression. When Martin did a portrait of him, I could see the depression painted all over his face. That's what is so impressive about Schoeller's work. It depicts a caption of its own. Each person can reflect such a strong message through their expressions, obviously Martin Schoeller knows this.

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