Polly Borland

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Polly Borland

source: avareavisual
Nacida en Melbourne (Australia) y residente en Los Ángeles (EE.UU), Polly Borland es una fotógrafa que trabaja regularmente para numerosas publicaciones de Reino Unido y América, incluyendo The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent, y Dazed and Confused. En 1994, ganó el prestigioso premio John Kobal retrato fotográfico. En sus capturas, retrata al cuerpo humano como si fuera una escultura, reinventa formas utilizando diferentes medios como pelucas, vestuario, etc.., con esta fusión de cuerpo y materiales crea a criaturas irreconocibles, a las cuales las dota de un toque siniestro y sexual. Podéis ver más fotografías de Polly Borland en su web personal.
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source: theoffbeatsessions
Polly Borland was given her first camera, a Nikkor, by her father at the age of 16. In an article written by Will Self for The Independent back in 2008, she explains, “I saw the work of Diane Arbus and Weegee–and a little bit later an exhibition of Larry Clark’s work. There were these photographs of kids on the edge, shooting up–dressing up. They were just tacked to the walls with drawing pins. I knew then that that was what I wanted to do.” Borland pushes boundaries with her odd yet strikingly beautiful photographs. Her work is very edgy and different from other portrait photographers in which she explores the surreal and abstract. It is quite a bizarre collection of images that is undoubtedly suggestive. The models pose in awkward positions, bare naked or are dressed in odd ‘stage-like costumes’ and incongruous props such as tights and wigs. Here is a fun fact. She designed most of these provocative costumes herself, stitched by prisoners!
The Australian-born photographer (a.k.a. ‘snapper’ in her own terms) is currently based out of London, a place she refers to now as home. She came to the UK in 1989, building up a reputation as a maker of excitingly fresh, yet disturbing images. Her work is oddly appealing to an extent that it screams ambiguity. You are never quite sure what it is or what she intends on implying, but I find it quite fascinating that the identity of the models are undisclosed. Undergoing such performance-like process, she distorts the bodies of its subjects–creating images that are both evocative and disconcerting. As disturbing as it may sound and despite highly judgmental viewers out there, her extraordinary portraits are never explicit. Yes, it is intimate, however, they evoke vulnerability and are curiously non-judgmental and honest.
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source: ilovebelina
Fotografa australiana che rende ambiguo ogni elemento umano, gioca coi ruoli, adulti infantili, sessualità indefinte, calze e parrucche, trucco esagerato, mille elementi che girano vorticosamente in un immaginario sospeso tra il reale e il fantastico.
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source: envasarte
Polly Borland es una fotógrafa australiana (Melbourne), se trasladó al Reino Unido en 1989, actualmente reside en los Ángeles (EEUU). En la década de 1990, trabajó regularmente para numerosas publicaciones de Reino Unido y América, incluyendo The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent, y Dazed and Confused. En 1994, ganó el prestigioso premio John Kobal retrato fotográfico. En sus capturas retrata al cuerpo humano como si fuera una escultura, reinventa formas utilizando diferentes medios como pelucas, vestuario, etc.., con esta fusión de cuerpo y materiales crea a criaturas irreconocibles, a las cuales las dota de un toque siniestro y sexual.