Firefighters are a unique group of individuals that keep people safe. Doctors are a unique group of people that safe people’s lives. Artists are a unique group of people that transform ideas into a viewable reality that is debated daily. None of these groups have super powers but they do possess a talent that is not given to all people. They do however; have the power to change the world.
Diane Arbus was only one artist who was part of the surreal movement that began in the 1920’s. Her story begins in the 60’s sharing the stage with the likes of Chuck Close, Duane Hanson, and Audrey Flack. It was a time to shine the light on all things right and wrong with the world. This included but not limited to people, objects and places. Because surrealism was so strong during this period it allowed more freedoms from traditional art and paved the way for Diane Arbus.
Diane Arbus found participation to be the very best way to take a photograph. Home grown in New York City, she found the obscure to be the front for her masterpieces. Diane Arbus found herself growing up during the depression and getting to spend a lot of time in Central Park. She ended up spending the majority of her adult life with homosexuals, derelicts, transvestites, and freaks. Diane Arbus found this group of misfits to be photogenic because she felt a part of this group her entire life. Her peers and everyone around her were very critical of her work, to the point of bullying.
Diane Arbus wanted to bring the line of shocking and powerful to the front of her work. Enough that everyone had to have an opinion, no matter which direction that opinion would go. Her keen eye was very powerful and profound. Diane Arbus’s profound works came from majority use of a Rolleiflex camera, this gave her art a unique square image every time. Sadly, she committed suicide, alone, in her apartment in 1971 not to be found for a couple of days. Her style and surrealistic style has lived on.
A CHILD AND HIS GRENADE
Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park is Diane Arbus’s most noteworthy photograph. At first glance it does not have the surreal shock factor that Diane Arbus was known for but it has everything else you would come to expect from her. While strolling through central park she found a boy and asked him to pose for her. The photo session went long as Diane Arbus moved around the boy. The boy grew impatient and she was able to create this glorious work of art with a click of her camera.
First glance at Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, you see the central narrative a boy and some interesting lighting effects from the development of this work. The two tree’s upright behind the boy seems to align perfectly with boy’s legs. Even though this photo is black and white the speckled appearance of light shows that the tree’s...