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The Unsettling Bodies of the Photography of Bill Durgin

Though perhaps the oldest subject of art, spanning millenia and media, the body never ceases to fascinate.  In a way the photography of Bill Durgin continues to explore the tradition of the nude and in some ways expand it.  His models pose, position, and bend such that their photographed bodies are nearly unrecognizable.  Coupled with simple props his compositions are visually and psychologically irksome.  Durgin's work reveals much about the ways in which we "read" bodies and body language.  The absence of a face and strange posturing is unsettling, even confusing. See more of Bill Durgin's photography after the jump.

Though perhaps the oldest subject of art, spanning millenia and media, the body never ceases to fascinate.  In a way the photography of Bill Durgin continues to explore the tradition of the nude and in some ways expand it.  His models pose, position, and bend such that their photographed bodies are nearly unrecognizable.  Coupled with simple props his compositions are visually and psychologically irksome.  Durgin’s work reveals much about the ways in which we “read” bodies and body language.  The absence of a face and strange posturing is unsettling, even confusing.

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