Coming from a completely different culture where we hardly talk openly about "nudity", the exhibition of Helmut Newton
's photographs at Fotografiska
in Stockholm, Sweden was scintillating for me. I got an opportunity to be there few days
The museum welcomes us with a quote by Helmut Newton, "Nothing is more revealing than Nudity, even when it's dressed
Well the quote did its magic on me and I hurried to the exhibition hall to explore the meaning through all his photographs.
But before exploring some of Helmut Newton's work here, I would like to mention about one of the photographs which remains my personal favorite. It was clicked by another photographer and was for sale. I can't stop admiring the lady in it!
I am really in a dilemma who is more mesmeric
, the photograph or the lady in it?
I believe that human body
is one of the most astonishing creations in the universe. It is adorable, lovable, magical and mysterious. But never did I think of "nudity" separately.
While witnessing Helmut's work ,
I realized there is a subtle difference between a photograph and a painting or a sculpture. A painting or a sculpture gives us an extra place for imagination but
photographs depict the exact reality.
I like this capture. It is revealing yet mysterious, bold, sensuous, seductive and expressive. I can go on adding adjectives to it. What I appreciate about this photograph is its simple approach.
This erotically charged black and white photo is a viewer's delight.
Helmut Newton rightly said
"My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain
This picture is different but
do we have any scope for imagination here?
I would like to emphasize another quote by Helmut Newton here, which was displayed in the exhibition hall.
" I do love reactions. I seek them out. Don't like kindness and niceness. The fact that a shock doesn't come from a desire to provoke, but , when I am trying to attain a new photographic effect, new visual tensions, some subjects just impose themselves on me. The only provocation I loathe is that of surrealist image. In my universe, it can have no place
What I could decipher from this picture is ,
that clothing is symbolic. Perhaps it's a symbol of power, sophistication and can portray either an illusion or reality.
The only thing I was wondering (at the risk of sounding feminist) - why most of the pictures were meant for a male gaze?
Possibly I would end up reading his three books, namely, White women, Big Nudes and Sleepless Nights.
One can instantly recognize Helmut Newton's photos
. They are simple yet detailed.
Abundance of eroticism, sensuality, provocation and ideas signifies Helmut Newton's work to me.
I realized a simple thing after seeing these sensuous photographs. Any inhibitions can never make us free. I am not that shy person anymore who hesitates to talk and discuss about a sensuous topic. It is a lovely change and realization within, which art loving Europe has gifted me!
I would also like to mention about the top floor cafeteria of the Fotografiska museum. It is truly an exotic place with a wonderful view of Stockholm outside.
The visit to Fotografiska will remain in my memories forever. Do plan to visit it if you are in Stockholm!