World famous fashion and portrait photographer Bettina Rheims displayed 13 female portraits at the Jérome de Noirmont Gallery in Paris. Here are some of my favorites.
The artist was inspired by the theatrical aesthetics of the series “Chambre Close,” staging ritualized love codes performed in a kitsch hotel room. The floral motifs of the walls are transposed here in an unusual background made of sheets.Bettina Rheims offers mysterious portrays of statuesque women’s bodies, fluctuating under floral sheets. The pictures explore the enigmatic connection existing between sleeping and waking, bliss and boredom, waiting and end. Bettina investigates, avoiding voyeurism, the woman´s private universe, dosing fiction and reality, spontaneity and stage. The woman is the absolute protagonist of her art. The lively make up accentuates the theatricalism of the stage, yet contrasting with the humanity of the look. As an artist, Bettina, who previously worked in the fashion world as a model, prefers to deal with shades rather than with glamour lights. The woman of Bettina Rheims is a stereotyped icon and heroin,though human, frail and sad. In her portraits, sensuality goes beyond eroticism and the mystery of desire remains unveiled.
In other news, I’m in the middle of moving my life across the country so please bear with me! I’m updating from a McDonald’s because it’s the only place I can get internet right now, ha. We found a beautiful apartment and will be moving in shortly, which means steady internet, blog updates and vintage sales back in action! Happy new year! I’m excited for it.