Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Leda and the Swan

I got my studio all nice and organized, as free of clutter as it will ever be, but then I didn't know what to do with my plaster goddesses and topiary banks.  The banks are cute, but they shed like hell.  Love the girls, but they've been around forever, and it shows.  Get rid of them?  Put them away?  Just put them--somewhere?

Instead, I decided to have a photo shoot, which instantly unorganized most of the organization.  I didn't get as many good shots as I hoped, but I like these. Meet my Leda and Swan.

Study by Raphael of Leonardo's Leda, now lost

Nadja Auermann as Leda, image by Helmut Newton for Vogue USA

Such a creepy myth, but it has attracted many people over the years, from Leonardo to Helmut Newton to--me!  Well, my interpretation is very loose, and perhaps you've been thinking That Ain't a Swan--maybe it is, maybe it isn't.  Who knows how many varieties of swans there are.  Don't be so literal.  Especially about Leda and the swan.  When people try to get porny with it, the results usually are amazingly bad.  Do an image search, you'll see.  Even a lot of the Old Master works look goofy. But I like the idea of a love story.  Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world/just a giant swan who wants to get it on . . . now I have to do another shoot with the other goddess and the bunny bank.


I didn't originally include this in the post because obvious.  But I had to come back and add it because obvious. Behold the amazing results of a literal approach.

When I was looking for images for this post I found this incredible news story about the incredible creation above.  Swan. Sex. GIF.  I mean.  But it really is hilarious.


Robin July 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM  

I love the subtle heart-shape composition of the top photo.

whereareyoufromoriginally? July 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM  

Thank you:)

Zespri New Zealand Golden kiwi fruit website March 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM  

Nice photographs. I love how the photographer angled the subject for these photos. The best!

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