Obviously not my work, but the work of Mr Guy Bourdin. (Refs for images: Top, middle, bottom). His fetishistic images tend to use legs and shoes and tights and made-up women alot, and often look like fashion shoots or advertising images. Other images look like movie scenes. Bourdin also loved the draw and paint, but photography, rather than being to ‘take a photo, was the way he ‘realized images’ from his mind. He revolutionised the use of colour in an era, in France, when mono imagery was predominant. He inspired Cindy Sherman, an artist who is frequently mentioned by viewers of my own work.
His images are a strange debatable mix of references to both feminine submission and to perhaps a feminist outcry. One image may show a woman throwing clothes at a man’s head or crushing his hand with her shoe as he reaches for his pistol; another may compartmentalise the woman’s body by having several stilettoed legs arranged like the petals of a flower. Another has a woman half hiding underneath a bed with only her bottom and stockings visible.
Bourdin’s work is inspirational to me because of its use of surrealism; hyperbolic airbrushed skin; a sense of parody of the consumerism and of the American Dream; its display of feminine accoutrements whether than is to satire gender or endorse it, and it occasional Nabokovian overtones as in the main middle image pictured.