Sex and violence - optical illusions

"Pods" by Karin Rosenthal
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“First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography," is an exhibition of photographs that have not been manipulated. These are illusions without the sterile mathematical edge or the vibrating "hurts my eyes" aesthetic of many optical illusions. They're warmer and more artistic, yet they're still ambiguous:
"Another, paradoxical strategy for captivating viewers is to show them something they can’t immediately understand. Whether because of its visual complexity, its oblique perspective, its lighting, its degree of abstraction or the unfamiliarity of its subject, it’s the kind of photograph that makes you stop and think, “What the heck is that?” And it keeps you looking until you’ve figured out what it is you’re looking at."
In Photography, What Puzzles the Eye May Please the Mind, The New York Times>>

Karin Rosenthal at the Frasier Gallery>>

Pods - the body of a nude woman lying in water.

Title of the second work: "Beer Bottle after the Atomic Bomb Explosion, from the series Nagasaki 11.02," by Shomei Tomatsu, 1961.

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