This series grew out of an attempt to get creative with a model who wished to remain anonymous. When you can't see your subject's face in a photograph, the work becomes an interrogation of all sorts of questions about voyeurism and objectification. Her face -- her identity and her agency -- has become a void. One way to elevate the image beyond the pornographic paradigm is to subvert the nude trope. In these works, it's important to acknowledge that the combination of nudity and religious iconography are doubly shocking. The combination is perhaps blasphemous. But, after the shocking scandals that churches worldwide have fruitlessly attempted to cover up, it's time to strip their cover-ups bare. We need to hold those in power to account. And so this set became an allegory for our times, a dalliance with the nonsense promulgated by those in power, who should -- and do -- know better. Faith becomes a metaphor. After all, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). It is a time to confront blind faith.
Model: Goodnight Ruby, Wellington
Photography, retouching: Mr.Muliebris