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Distance Fades Between Us: Nudes After Dark Paperback – 5 Nov 2007
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Tim Phillips is a thinking man's photographer. The central idea behind this work is so simple, yet so pregnant with feeling. There is something about a beautiful, naked girl prancing about in the murky labyrinth of the night that inspires a distinct sense of tension. Her glowing, naked body stands in stark contrast to the blackness surrounding her. Feelings of beauty and desire mix with those of fear and repulsion. And it's this incongruity that propels the entire work. It's fascinating. --Jack Gilbert, Editor: Michelle7.com
... the photographs are stunning. The theme of night really came across well and lent itself well to the erotic and sensual nature of the images. The photographer and his models are to be commended for such a fine portfolio ... First class! --Mark Marsay, Editor: JADE - The International Erotic Art & Literature Magazine
The book opens with a brief introduction and then we are taken straight into the 130 monochrome images, that inhabit the 128 pages of the monograph, with the majority of photographs being displayed one per page. Given that the images were made at night, and therefore exhibit a variety of dark tones, the book makes full use of a white border and aesthetically this allows each image to breathe on the page. Phillips' photographs are more than mere formal studies of light and shadow. As constructs there is far too much drama inherent within each image for them to have been the result of a simple exercise. These are not soft-focused and romanticised images of women the models often appear to wear the very dirt, oil and mud from their surroundings taking on this detritus as camouflage. Caught in the camera's 'headlights' their gaze challenges us for a brief moment, just long enough for the camera to record their defiance and then they make their escape scrambling through the undergrowth, negotiating a bridge or feeling their way through the constraints of a cellar and they are gone. The images within Distance Fades Between Us are well executed and remind one of a cross between Bill Brandt and Lee Friedlander, with a touch of Ralph Gibson thrown in, and the book's theme is strong enough to keep one's interest and draw one back for repeat viewings. --Christopher John Ball, Co-Founder: The Association of Erotic Artists
About the Author
Tim Phillips has been taking photographs ever since he could hold a camera, and photography became a serious undertaking when his parents gave him a professional camera for his 18th birthday. He has concentrated on monochrome and colour images of women and landscapes, with a particular focus on the nude in the landscape. Tim has his own website, Sensual Images Photography, and lives in Cambridgeshire, England.
Top Customer Reviews
It's great to see this type of photography book being published in the UK.
"Distance Fades Between Us" is a series of black and white photographs of nude female models, usually appearing alone, but sometimes in pairs. The twist with this collection is that the photographs have been taken outside at night, adding a new dimension.
At their best, Tim Phillip's photographs contrast the form of the nude against the shapes in the darkness (tree stumps, monuments etc.) - sometimes this has an organic feel, with mud and leaves on the subject's body as well as on the ground. At other times the model is abstract, emotionless and cold, echoing the night in which she appears.
Even the most conventional images such as a young woman on the bonnet of a sports car are given fresh life by the unusual source of lighting or angle of shot.
This is an outstanding collection of interesting yet often sensual photographs, which should appeal to all fans of black & white photography who are seeking something a little off the beaten track.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Photos in this book emphasize the simple beauty of the female figure, but without relying on simple prettiness or eroticism. Beyond that, the clear mood of each picture creates some kind of tension, demanding the viewer's engagement. And, in a few cases, Phillips captures something beyond the model and her environment, the magic of composition that makes an image more. I enjoyed this book immensely.
I liked the concept and the images. I though it was freshly unique, and a bit daring.