You'll have to admit that you probably have never seen this particular photo of mother and child; I certainly hadn't, but I've fallen in love with it and a few others by professional Russian photographer Nathalia Edenmont. I tripped across it at the Wetterling Gallery website in Stockholm. Heads up, if you check the link. She is known for pushing the boundaries of art. Three-quarters of her work I love and the other quarter I find disturbing. There are dozens of articles about her and her motivations to create the kind of art she does.
The Wetterling Galley is one of several representing her and their site says, "Probing and provocative, the work of Nahtalia Edenmont explores popular culture through the medium of photography. Through the juxtaposition of opposing subjects and aesthetics, Edenmont’s work is rife with a characteristic tension as she explores themes including the deceptive nature of cultural norms, conformity, the repression of the individual, and double standards in western society. With a strong embrace of symbolism, and clear references to historical genres of art, Edenmont’s artful, and frequently beautiful, arrangements can be viewed as a modern expression of traditional iconography.
Born in Yalta, Ukraine, 1970, Nathalia Edenmont received her art education at Yalta Art School for Children, Yalta, Ukraine, State Art School of Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine, Simferopol State Art School, Simferopol, Crimea, and Forsberg’s International School of Design, Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States, and has been featured in publications including Étapes Magazine, France, Black Book Magazine, NY, Beaux Arts Magazine, France, and TANK magazine, London. Edenmont has resided in Sweden since 1991.
I have long wanted to use my beautiful granddaughter as a photographic model for a madonna shoot and Edenmont's works in this genre are inspirational to me.
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