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Felt a lot like a Voyeur,
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This review is from: Interior Exposure (Hardcover)
Bought this item after it had been recommended by Alain de Botton, but feel like a Voyeur looking at it....I don't know these people, and if I did, maybe I would feel even more like a Voyeur. I must say the light is good in the photos - but can't work out which woman is his wife/ whether she is planning to have sex with different people sitting in the room - and generally wonder whether it's covering up some sleaze-plan.
UPDATE 4th October
I am worried now because mine is the only review on here, (which I didn't expect) - and moreover someone seems to have agreed with me. My shameful secret is that I was approaching this book in the hope, or rather with curiosity towards whether it would make me feel more sexy - as it is recommended in De Botton's book 'How to Think About Sex More' as an alternative pornography.
Well, it didn't work - it just made me feel even more alienated and cross with people on the sexual opportunistic look-out all the time.
If, however, I was not approaching the book from that angle and context at all I might have given it four or even five stars. As I realized, the light in the photos is like Hopper - though I am confused again now as I have this painting in my head/memory of a snooker or billiard table late at night with us able to look in on the desolate situation as voyeurs/observers and this man propped up alone in a red chair at the bar....but I can't find it on the web!! In these photos there is a similar loneliness/isolation and failure to properly connect with each other although the people are often in company and in a bourgeois rather than a sleaze setting. In one of the photos a woman is perhaps trying to provoke sex whilst the man seems more interested in reading the paper - making her seem weird in her nightie when she is in the context of a piece of furniture, for example. In my first viewing I assumed he was only playing the game of being interested in the paper to try and provoke and infuriate her sexually - and that we were meant to see the whole thing as a prelude to sex - but now I am beginning to wonder is any of them really are interested in sex but have a consciousness that makes them feel as though on some level they should be....???
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2013 14:47:41 BDT
Sally Burdyke says:
Do wonder further whether the light is actually reminiscent of Hopper.
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