Sensual Harmonies: The Nude and the Instruments

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A 96 page photographic study of the nude female and musical instruments including 50 duo-tone black and white images gracing a large 12" by 12" monograph. Claude Cookman, PhD, professor of the History of Photography at Indiana University writes, "...the alchemist who goes by the name of Thomas Potter has forged precious metal. His images, which meld the infinitely variable female form with the more predictable shapes of musical instruments, unleash a flood of associations....Potter's photographs also partake of the Romantic" not in the common understanding of the term, but in the literary sense of the unattainable object of desire. Texture infuses these images, reminding us how effortlessly photography erects a bridge between our sensations of sight and touch. For all their sensuality, there is a remote chastity in these images, a distance created by the fact that the model averts her gaze, engaging neither the photographer nor the viewer. We have seen this before when the American realist Andrew Wyeth unveiled 14 years worth of secret drawings and paintings of his muse Helga Testorf. With similar intimacy, Potter has given us a fresh chapter in the ongoing artistic quest for the ineffable female. Paul R. Paletti, Jr., owner of the Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, KY, writes, "Tom's photographs have a quiet eroticism conveyed by the soft light and gentle touch between the woman and the musical instrument. Comparisons and contrasts occur through the photographer's vocabulary and our mental associations with objects. The luminous skin is complemented by the ...highlights of brass reflections. Focus provides the contrasts of warmth and coldness, soft touch and hard metal of French horns and cornets. The delicate beauty of the draped or reclining nude from behind is reminiscent of the cello, which takes its form from the nude. These are instruments of pleasure, whether aural, tactile or visual, evoking associations, leading to fantasies."

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Thomas A. Potter
Published by PFM (2009)
ISBN 10: 0615295738 ISBN 13: 9780615295732
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