It’s hard to appear vividly as pure fine art when one portrays nudity under a lens, especially when the photographer is a male. I have difficulties going beyond connotations of sex and eroticism myself when given a nude female figure; and I always blame the shallowness I stop myself at since these works are usually described with a much deeper meaning.
It was not until I see the works by Marc Lagrange when I know I can not completely take the blame for such attitude. His photos not at once appeared sexual to me; instead, it effortlessly showered me with sensuality, completely captivating the eyes with his choice of settings and the personas each figure posture gave off.
Hosting his exhibition from the 22nd of May to the 15th of July; Opiom Gallery presents a series of photographs from the book published by teNeues at Marc Lagrange’s show: “Diamonds & Pearls”.
A magnificent eye to detail, his image constructions usually happen in his head. He starts off every shoot by searching for the perfect prop to complete his theatrical like images. Moving away from the easily appreciated style of fashion photography; his subject, these comfortable bodies, search for their own curves in delivering a particular feeling for audiences, striking us with a sense of uniqueness that no garment can do.
Intimate, but in no way nerve racking; his models reveal themselves only when the climate is trusted, making each character completely confident in front of the camera. Cloth-less but layered with a sense of mystery; his photos excite the viewers with familiar yet distinctive settings that creates a tension, making his images appear like a scene from an old master painting with a sprinkle of classic Hollywood glamour.