Ceci n’est pas une pipe (‘The Treachery of images’)

What is an image is only ever an image. That was the point made by Belgian artist René Magritte in 1928/9, who painted a picture of a pipe and wrote in large letters underneath ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’. The painting is a representation of a pipe, not an actual pipe itself, hence the negative caption given.

Furthermore, any image of Magritte’s favourite pipe painting found by googling ‘Magritte Pipe image’ would only be a digital representation of that painting and not the actual painting itself…

Anyway, it’s a little joke photographer Mark C Haskins wanted to play with and refer to when photographing me and a few other ladies. He gave each model a pipe (a real one) and photographed what we did with it. Mine is above and you can see others in a slideshow video here.

It was fun to work with Mark in Mexico after failing to align our schedules in Germany previously. I remember laughing with him over an Eddie Izzard sketch – no idea how we got on to that!

‘How I became a madman’

…and other quotes/poems I’ve enjoyed recently… (Did I mention my obsession with appearance versus reality? Yes? Good.)
Kahlil Gibran:
‘You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen — the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, — I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the curséd thieves.”
Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.
And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, “He is a madman.” I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.”
Thus I became a madman.
And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.’
Oprah Winfrey (yes, this blog post is pretty varied):
‘I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.’

Oscar Wilde:
‘Most people are other people; their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation…. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’
(Photograph by Imagesse; proper blog post with many landscape nudes to follow soon!)

Irreality

I had a very interesting shoot with photographer Barry Barker recently. We shot in his home studio, its walls covered in photographs and artistry. Barry is inspired by various artists and wanted to create some soft boudoir images, like this one…

…and then some more surreal body shapes using a mirror on the floor and his clever background, painted on the wall and floor of his studio den, to create interesting shapes and perspectives.