This Russian photograph born in 1970 in St Petersburg has also followed a painting education and here he offers a series of images playing with the codes of the painter's studio, mixing jokes, derision, sex (some might say pornography but pornography is not an insult for me) and some surrealistic approach of the creation. It's only one small aspect of his work, maybe not the one he would prefer to see exposed, but I really love it and would have liked to find these images in better quality. But even in this poor one, it fits perfectly in Scoptophilia and it would have been a shame not to have them in it. A site (unfortunately not updated anymore it seems) here.
Here the statement about this series: "The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women". It's true these images are often strong and moving. No pathos, just what is. Finally, the strongest achievement of this series is that we actually look at the faces, eyes and expressions of these young women and not to the scars on their breast. Apparently paradoxical, this project obliterates what it was supposed to show, and makes us feel the integrity of a soul when we expected to see the wounds of a skin. Here are only smaller sized images but I'm sure full size they must be breath-taking. The site here.
Sergi Reboredo is a Spanish photographer who shares his work between photojournalism and travel photography. Here, he took a lot of pictures in a day-time and aquatic Haitian voodoo ceremony. These images are strong and disturbing. Difficult not to hesitate between fascination and amusement. There's something forced and artificial in these scenes but at the same time this wish for trance, excitation, communion with nature and getting out of it's own body is attracting. We often try to find these states in various activities such as sexual ones in our so-called developped societies. But this doesn't have the collective virtue of these large gatherings. Maybe orgies are the present pagan attempts to live these ritual ceremonies. Not sure, there's the same soul satisfaction. If you want to see the whole series, you can go to the Reboredo site here. I chose my favorites, in which bodies irradiate of sensuality and faces of intensity. And some wonderful looks, strangely absent.
"Aokigahara is a 35-square-kilometre forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology and is a popular place for suicides; 54 committed the act in 2010, despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions". This is from Wikipedia. I don't see what to add. It's considered as the second best place to suicide in the world after the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. But in France we had the Etretat's cliff. I once went there to do it but I was not courageous enough to obey my wish. Funny these places that suicide candidates see as a good ones to kill themselves.