In my last article I was joking with the possibility to be inside Van Gogh painting. This made me think about my work as model. For my surprise talking to Paolo about my photos from his first exhibition he told me about the re-exhibition of “sex and virtual landscape” with a new visual approach. I was delight with the possibility of making an article about it. If you are interested in modern photography, you really have to see this! This is a well done exhibition with 14 Paolo Bade work based on the real Helmut Newton nude photos and I am one of the models. Located at Avatrait Gallery, Simuality (10, 240, 396)
Newton is a master of beauty and cultivates an extremely personal erotic vision. He says about himself: "I am superficial, my images aren't deep. Good taste is the anti-fashion, the anti-photo, the anti-woman, the anti-eroticism. Vulgarity is life, is fun, the desire for extreme reactions."
The prevailing scenery in his photos are beaches, fashion, or the halls and rooms of large hotels. Although his eroticism is superficiality, taken to extremes, the plasticity of the work is wonderful.
His models, cold, severe and disturbing are the exact opposite of Hamilton's - which are delicate and fragile. His greatness lies in his unique vision of the “erotic” in photography.
Among his published works, we can cite "White Woman", "Sleepless Nights" and "Big Nudes".
I was thinking about this and decided contrast Newton photo with a beauty blue dress with a blond hair walking straight and strong. This reminds me why Paolo choose me as a model for the Big Nude. He told me I represented the strong woman Newton shoot. According to him my attitude was determinant to be chosen. This must be because I am an Avalanche! LOL.
Yet whether his subject is man or woman, clothed or unclothed, Newton's forte is his role as the grand seducer. "My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. Most of my work is meant to be funny. Because I'm quite timid myself”.
Helmut was a man that liked to push his own limits. Newton says that his work with nudes served to liberate him. "The point of my photography has always been to challenge myself, to go a little further than my Germanic discipline and Teutonic nature would traditionally permit me to”. Leesha Oh describes and compare very well Paolo’s talent with Newton’s. Paolo’s photos are black and white and featured strong women nudes. Perhaps it is their European sensibility… Paolo’s Italian eye and Helmut’s German, neither seemed to see the women as objects or commodities but as elemental, sensual, and human. Though Paolo’s artwork does not incorporate elements of fetishism and bondage to the degree that Helmut’s did… he does work in the meta-verse of SL.
In her works over the past few years, Jemima Stehli (1961, London) appears in the work herself, as subject or object, most often as both. In After Helmut Newton’s ‘Here They Come’, 1999, Stehli has recreated Helmut Newton’s iconic image Sie Kommen, with herself as the stiletto-ed, naked Amazon striding towards the camera. Newton’s original is so accurately and minutely reproduced, Stehli’s hair and stance resemble almost exactly that of the original model.
My motivation for the shoots was not the picture itself. Not even the meaning of the original shoots, “a strong woman”. I was motivated with aid concept and the first exhibition helped support the second Life Ubuntu Project.
With his Big Nudes, in the 1980’s Helmut Newton created a quite unprecedented long-term bestseller. Simultaneously, it provided a concentrated image of his aesthetic agenda. Powerful women were presented in all their naked truth – without fig leaves or fashion frills. This series of black-and-white photos, produced between 1979 and 1981, also marked a stylistic change in Newton’s work. Elaborate layouts full of luxury and decadence gave way to an unambiguously formulated and monumental statement – "Here they come!" Dressed only in their indispensable high heels, Newton’s amazons self-confidently paraded on show. They rippled their muscles and marched individually as well as in formation toward the observer. Helmut Newton’s classic work was published by us in 1990 for the first time. To date, 45,000 copies have been printed worldwide and the 9th edition is on its way!
Newton risked life and limb for a great photo, as in 1967 when duplicating a scene from Hitchcock's ''North by Northwest'' for a Vogue shoot. Newton directed the pilot to make the lowest approach possible, but the plane nearly crashed when he accidentally gave the wrong signal.
For this photo Paolo almost gave up he had. Great you didn’t Paolo. He travelled a lot in SL to find the right landscape but with little result. Then Willow Turas help him find the right place.
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