Joel Peter Witkin
Joel Peter Witkin, Thoraxic Park, Paris, 2002
I have been a fan of Joel Peter Witkin ever since my wife purchased me his book entitled ‘Joel Peter Witkin’ as she found out he had seen death at a young age like me, I can’t say it drove me mad but I explore subjects in a different way and it’s a part of dealing with stuff.
Witkin takes arduous amounts of time to compose his images; he views his works as a classic piece of art, Such as the Thoraxic Park.
This appears to be a canvas within a canvas, as if the viewer is looking at the scene from a window. The scene being of two lovers in a scripted garden, the statue to the right pointing at them in way of judging them. The bear head decapitated with a target on its, as if it’s a trophy, may be the woman is a trophy, he wears a Romans hat as if’s a crown with his armour scatted around the floor as if there was some urgency to undress. The picture in the centre of a man’s genitals as if it was a statue.
The photograph is full of symbolism, the viewer could see the photograph as conceptual art and make a connection with a Rambrant painting, for me this is photographic art.