The name of Holly Golightly may seem unfamiliar to some people but the title “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is by all means familiar to everyone. And of course everyone has seen the famous photo of Audrey Hepburn with a thin cigarette in a long holder.
What is interesting is the fact that the part of Holly Golightly was especially written for Marilyn Monroe to be performed. But finally is was successfully performed by Audrey Hepburn. Truman Capote is supposed to use the image of Marilyn Monroe as a prototype for the main character of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Actually it is hard to imagine a more suitable part for fair-curled angel Marilyn Monroe but she suddenly refused to shoot in the film. Everyone from Truman Capote to the filmmaker John Frankenheimer was surprised to hear her refusing to play such promising part. The matter was that Marilyn’s teacher of drama considered the part of Holly Golightly to have the negative impact of Monroe’s public image.
My today’s post would be devoted to an American photographer Jen Davis based in New York City. What is special about her? Well, there is something special about her pictures actually. Mainly Davis takes self-portraits thus revealing the issues that as the rule regard female beauty, physical appearance, identity. At the same time she is pretty much interested in picturing men revealing the same issues. “In this body of work, I deal with my insecurities about my body image and the direct correlation between self-perception and the way one is perceived by others. Photography is the medium that I use to tell my story through life, an outlet for revealing my thoughts and opinions about the society in which we live. A society that dictates beauty based on ones physical appearance”. The point is that she is overweight. And she is pretty daring to pose in front of the camera. She always looks sad. Davis lets us see private aspects of her personal life. The series is titled “Self-portraits”. “My work is partially based on personal experiences that I have re-constructed into a photograph, and the other part consists of made up fantasies of what I imagine a physical relationship to be regarding intimacy, love and desire”, describes Davis herself.
Painting has always been the weirdest kind of arts. The artists always search for the new forms of self-expression and original metaphors, but some pictures are the new level of bizarre. The list of such paintings can be very long, but I’ve selected just 5 weirdest ones.
1.Edvard Munch, “Scream”
Scream is one of the most well-known masterpieces of expressionism.