Monday, December 8, 2014

Illuminations

Sally Mann

Since this week's blog is supposed to be children-themed, I thought it would be appropriate to speak about one of my favorite photographers, Sally Mann. Sally Mann is an American photographer who was born 1951 in Virginia. She is best known for her large black and white photos of her three young children. Many of her photos were taken at her family's remote summer cabin along the river, where her children played and swam in the nude.  Her work is both provocative and innocent. While the pictures of her children received a lot of criticism, Mann thought of her photos as “natural through the eyes of a mother,” since she has seen her children in every state: happy, sad, playful, sick, angry and naked. There’s something extremely real and honest about her photos. The emotions of her children that she captures are hauntingly beautiful. She truly captures childhood and all that goes along with it. The photos are innocent, yet mischievous and exploratory. When I look at the photos, I feel as though I am entering into their lives and standing there with them.