Photographer Michael Oliver Love — a fresh look at sexuality and the play of contrasts
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The works of South African photographer Michael Oliver Love fascinate even those who are indifferent to artistic photography. Wherever this master is exhibited, he is always waiting for a full house and enthusiastic press reviews. Michael boldly experiments, destroys stereotypes and makes the viewer's imagination work. The main themes of his works are — the beauty of the human body and the perception of gender. (Careful! Nude).
Michael Oliver Love's ideas are best presented by his magazine Pansy Magazine. He founded this publication, completely unlike the others, and remains its permanent creative director. The magazine challenges society by boldly mixing masculinity and femininity. In one of the first issues, readers could see naked men in heels, with makeup and stylish accessories.
The photographer travels a lot around the world in search of inspiration. But at the same time he says that all his best pictures have been taken at home, in South Africa. Each series of Michael's works is a real discovery for connoisseurs of his work, because he is unpredictable and his imagination knows no bounds. Therefore, new issues of his Pansy are always redeemed before going to print.
An important feature of Michael Oliver Love's work can be called his conciseness. The author rejects unnecessary details, bulky and complex surroundings and intricate poses. In some photo works there is nothing at all except the male or female body. This, it turns out, is enough to enchant the most demanding audience.
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