It seems to me that there are two potential issues with Sturges' work. A naturist since birth, Fanny's comfort with nudity and her natural self has allowed Sturges to draw an engaging portrait of the evolution of a human being with few social distractions. I think there is an element of that involved here - as photographers, we are trying to communicate. A few of the pictures depict their subjects as sullen or withdrawn, but more of them actively assert their presence, which serves to remind viewers that the process of making a portrait is seldom one-sided; it results from a partnership, a collaboration. And beauty was also a big part of that for me.
The distance between the lives [of celebrities] and our lives is growing all the time. Children feel absolutely invisible in this, unnoticed, and as if they can make no difference. Little girls are "erotic," he says, plain and simple. The media stars are becoming more and more powerful, and as they are increasingly powerful, we are increasingly ciphers. There I found the nude, per say, as something that was organic to the being of the people. In , the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department raided the studio of Jock Sturges, an art photographer whose work includes portraits of nude children and adolescents.
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But there still seems a touch of naivete in her outlook. These were all boys boarding schools and all boys camps. For those of you who are interested, I now have images posted in the interview with Jock. She's lyrical, yet dispassionate, and the film, laced with a purposeful irony, seems a little forced and hollow. One of the results of this is that the incidence of child abuse in Holland is vastly less than it is here. I know that you give them ongoing control over their images.
Maybe collecting multiple examples of an artist's work might take the focus off of one image and transfer it to the process as a whole. Her posture and facial expression do not appear to be overtly sexual, nor does she mimic an expression of adult sexuality. Physical beauty is such a strange thing. No two people take on the information of being admirable and being admired in the same way. I've had to relearn how I work with people so that if I avoid different things, I don't send those messages in doing so. It would be disingenuous of me to say there wasn't.