Jennette Williams ‘The Bathers’ 2006 (below)
Jennette Williams photograph entitled ‘The Bathers’ is a very interesting photograph to read, first glance it must have been shot in East Europe, as the women are much more liberated, however it must have taken some persuading to photograph in the baths, may be the photographer is naked herself to get rid of the boundaries of the clothing. Heads and turns of the women’s bodies show no ‘full bums’ are ‘genitals’ she uses the lines in the bath, the steps and the lines of the rail to give patterns in the photographs, this must have been photographed to document behind the scenes of what goes on in women groups, the ages of the women also seem varied, shows beauty of all ages.
It gives a sense of femininity, without the embarrassment, the photograph is not sexually charged, and I want to say it’s been inspired by the work of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres who painted “The Turkish Bath” of 1862 (below). Ingres was part of the Neo-Classicism movement, which looks at beauty in simplicity a far cry from the Romanticism movement.
I cant help but imagine Williams work also being equally inspired by Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne, who’s ‘tableaux of bathers’ (below) is very spirited and colourful.
We can see Jennette Williams is inspired by classical gestures and poses found in iconic paintings of nude women and utilized the platinum printing process to assure a sense of timelessness. “Williams sought to reflect the religious and mythological aspects of water, including birth and rebirth, comfort and healing, purification and blessing.”