The profound influence of vernacular images on photography and print-media cannot be denied; Whether in the fine arts, fashion, or pornography, the signs and status of the “amateur” are constantly invoked, providing for images with both an economy of means and a certain special allure.
In this two-volume photographic monograph, Wintergarten Ltd—a Los Angeles based art collective— have sought to refine such allure to something of a science, assembling together a collection of images salvaged from the waste-bins of contemporary erotic life. Gathered from disparate sites, the series offers the viewer not only an erotic display of bodies, but also the juxtaposition of images into almost film-like montages.
Reproduced at actual size, these are as much records of objects as they are of images; And the objects shown here bare all the evidence of there formerly marginal existence—scratched, folded, and secreted away in the shoe boxes of former lovers. Each is a singular testament to desire, chance, and the beauty of the human countenance.
Availability is limited to 100 stamped and numbered copies each.