Friday, 17 April 2015
Display: Jessica Yatrofsky: I Heart Girl
Jessica Yatrofsky: I Heart Girl
For where is any author in the world. Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye?
[Shakespeare, Loves Labour Lost, Act IV, scene 3]
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and while there is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that humans might be attracted to mates that are likely to offer them enhanced chances of survival, the experience of beauty nevertheless remains subjective.
In her first monograph, I Heart Boy, which launched her career in 2010, photographer Jessica Yatrofsky laid bare what some have referred to as the ‘gay’ ideal of male beauty, stripped down to the essence, with hairless bodies and a youthful androgyny, reflected in her choice of the word ‘boy’ not ‘man’. In her latest counterpart, I Heart Girl, she turns to female beauty. Across 96 pages, she lays out photographs of naked – and near naked – young women, all of whom, in some way or other, are beautiful, all of whom are sexy and innocently alluring. None conforms to the classical definition of symmetry and aesthetic perfection, many almost boyish with their slender figures, but each allows her inner beauty to shine through. As George Pitts notes in the introduction, femininity is teased out of androgyny, with each subject’s self-awareness and quiet confidence – true characteristics of survival – capturing the essence of this ‘fairer’ sex.
I Heart Girl
Published by powerHouse Books
Portraits / Fine Art Photography / Feminism
Hardcover, 8.5 x 10.5 inches, 96 pages
To see this photo spread in full, please buy the May 2015 print issue of DIVA magazine