Inspired by Atelier ManasséFebruary 12, 2014
Between the hours of appointments and paperwork, I am diving more and more in to the world of photography (especially food photography by the way) by running courses and reading books on the topic. I try to find inspiration that can feed my creative brain and that also differs from the mainstream. Modern photography interests me much less so, but even in photography from bygone era's, I try to find work that stood out and was different from what you were used to see.
If you think that manipulating photos is something of the modern day, you're very wrong! "Photoshopping" models was also happening back in the day - I have seen some great examples of that! Retouched faces and even the body was made thinner! Having a slim and healthy figure was very much the thing in the 1930s, although 'anorexic' thin models became highly popular when supermodel Twiggy came in the picture and became the idol of many, many women in the 1960s. I often wonder: what if Twiggy didn't became the standard of beauty? What would be the beauty standard of this day? What do you think?
Anyway, I am not gonna talk about models being retouched or being too thin etcetera. That topic is talked about by others for too long and too much! (But I do want to say that no matter how thin or full you are, beauty shows when you feel good in your own body! You are beautiful the way you are. Thin or not. Tall or petite. However, I do think we should get rid of the high beauty standard we have these days, saying: models that are too thin by starving themselves to fit into the designers haute couture fashion; well that should see a change).
The reason why I began to ramble about photo manipulation, is because the photos that aroused my interest and creative mind when I stumbled upon them this week - and which I want to share with you - were manipulated in a very creative way of which many would think of as something done by Photoshop CS 6 for example. They are very 'out of the box' and I like that. I, myself, try to think out of the box and don't particularly follow the rules of photography. Mind you, I am in no way a photographer! Just a creator of artistry, which happens to show through pictures every now and then.
Let's have a look at the marvelous photos of Atelier Manassé! And oh, most contain nudity but most definitely not in a tasteless or offensive way !