Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gutter Lips

This is one of those deliciously ironic images - someone supposedly so beautiful cruelly reduced to such humiliation - a symbol of our superficial, throwaway society...

Paris has many special charms, as the cover indicates, but for a real-life photographer like me one of the most important is this omnipresent contrast between airbrushed beauty and sordid squalor.

Although this is only a magazine image, it could just as easily have been a piece of real human flesh cluttering up the gutter, as some of my pictures show from time to time. But sometimes the reality is too painful to look at and symbolism is more palatable. More cheerful stuff next time - promise!

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