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Nudes (German) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2002
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So, these B&W images present the simple curves and lines of the human animal. In particular, the female human, twenty-something, long and lean. The images are easy to enjoy, but more as a vehicle for Blum's vision than as a person to be documented. Conventional poses, for example the en pointe toes tightening muscles through the model's legs, also move her image away from her unique self. I see the value in idealization and abstraction of these very handsome figures, but that comes at a cost in the models' warmth and humanity.
The content for NUDES was shot on location in various locations in Berlin, Miami, Los Angeles, and the island of Majorca. Sylvie's vision of strong, beautiful women is the central tenet of this work, and is perhaps a reflection of her own personality as well as her personal quest to stand-out in a medium dominated by men in general and her late husband in particular. Be that as it may, Sylvie claims to have no need to escape from the shadows of anyone, including her beloved Günter, and this collection of work is glaring testimony to her amazing maturation as an artist with her own unique and powerful vision. Her alchemy of flesh and form, desert and ocean, the natural world and human architecture all combine to shape what is both a delicious perspective of the female body as well as the self-actualization of a sensational talent.