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Jock SturgesReview - Jock Sturges
Notes
by Jock Sturges
Aperture, 2004
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Dec 21st 2004 (Volume 8, Issue 52)

Notes is somewhat different from Jock Sturges' other books.  First of all, it is smaller in its format, with pictures about half the height of those in New Work 1996-2000Second, it contains more writing, both by Sturges himself and by other admirers of his work.  Third, it contains color Polaroids by Sturges and other naturists of the figures in many of his photographs.  Fourth, there are more images of boys than are in his other works.

In his text, Sturges explicitly identifies himself with the naturists and he even expresses his dislike of clothes, feeling that they place a burden on him.  He writes about his development as a photographer, and he also discusses some of his models, such as Eva, Thomas, and Misty Dawn.  Most of the pictures were taken between 2000 and 2003 and feature a wider variety of subjects, with people of different ages, body types and skin colors. 

One of the strongest images in this collection is "Yoann; Montalivet, France, 2000" in which a young man stands naked in front of the camera framed by a doorway.  He looks away to the viewer's right, his left arm on his hip, and his right hand by his side.  The sunlight plays on his torso and the image is a celebration of his body.  At the center of the image is his penis, and while it may be simply hanging limp, it promises strength and vigor.  This is not a sexual picture, but it is sensual and beautiful, showing a male body with wonderful poise. 

Most of these pictures have a more natural feel to them than Sturges' earlier work.  This is still very distinctive photography, and could not be by any other artist.  For those who already like Sturges' previous books, Notes is informative and interesting, and for those who want to know more about the photographer, this is a good introduction. 

 

© 2004 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

 

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Academic Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is also editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.


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