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Women In Heels In A Swimming Pool By Jill Greenberg

10 June 2011, 21.09 | Posted in Art, photography | 3 comments »

JillGreenbergGlassCeiling Women In Heels In A Swimming Pool By Jill Greenberg

Photographer Jill Greenberg is currently showing an exhibit of high-heel-themed photographs at Clamp Art in New York. The twist as you can see in the image above is that the women are wearing the shoes while in a swimming pool. The press describing the show explains:

In 2008, Greenberg was commissioned to shoot a commercial fashion shoot with the US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team, which included two setups calling for high heels. The artist was struck by the absurdity of the styling. The swimmers wear stilettos, which are meant to heighten sexuality, but in reality, restrict movement and impose a lack of controL. Greenberg depicts the tension of her models coming to the surface gasping for air while wrestling with the weight of the water as a metaphor for the role women must play in the outside world.

It’s an interesting take on women’s fashion with a lot of merit, though I find in general the feminist view on fashion tends to be overly focused on the negative and ignores the satisfaction and joy that can come from it, not to mention the freedom women enjoy versus men when it comes to choosing how to present themselves to the world.

See a couple more images on the next page and more at the link above.

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3 comments
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  2. DNuila:

    I dont think the artist meant to focus on fashion but on society and its visual perceptions/constraints.
    The artists decision not to depict anyones face made me feel as if its emphasizing how much we focus on a persons clothes or lack of, instead of the person as a whole.

    i think both genders, and people in general have freedom to choose how they dress. To say that men don’t ,seems sort of simplistic. Lots of males wear skirts, dresses, as they have the freedom to do so, and those items arent necessarily gender specific but more for function and comfort.

  3. [...] nie in den Swimming Pool hüpfen. Jill Greenberg hat einige Frauen dazu bekommen und wunderschöne Fotos geschossen. [...]

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