Olivier Fermariello is a photographer who has recently been shooting photos of people with disabilities in intimate situations. I was really intrigued when I saw his work because it is so shocking, but also very innocent. He looks at people who have almost mangled bodies and humanizes them in a really interesting way. I definitely see parallels in his work and I am so intrigued by his images. He explores sexuality of those with bodies that are not normal, but also how he approaches beauty. There was an excellent quote in this article about him: "In a world that subscribes to a relatively homogeneous definition of beauty, physical differences at time become a source of comfort." I love this. I think that beauty can sometimes get boring, but we become obsessed with it and then we distort it to an unhealthy level. I love that his work shows some with an abnormal body. His work is shocking and powerful and makes people uncomfortable, but is undeniably honest.
His work reminds me a lot of Mapplethorpe in that his work is staged, but also very sexual and controversial. I am drawn to things that are controversial and can maybe be considered offensive. I have developed an obsession with bodies that deviate from "perfect" and I think Fermariello shocks into noticing and thinking about what we disregard.
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