The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michals

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

Photographer Duane Michals pushes the boundaries of photography with evocative, erotic and sensual images. I’ve written about Polish poet Anna Świrszczyńska before, she also has a similar aesthetic.

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.

Duane Michals

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

I believe in imagination, what I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.


Duane Michals

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

I once photographed a young man who was beautiful, but one of his eyes had been damaged when he was a boy. But it was the poignancy of his flaw that saved him from the banality of perfection and made him exquisite.

Duane Michals

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The best part of us is not what we see, it’s what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at …. We’re not our eyeballs, we’re our mind. People believe their eyeballs and they’re totally wrong …. That’s why I consider most photographs extremely boring—just like Muzak, inoffensive, charming, another waterfall, another sunset. This time, colors have been added to protect the innocent. It’s just boring. But that whole arena of one’s experience—grief, loneliness—how do you photograph lust? I mean, how do you deal with these things? This is what you are, not what you see. It’s all sitting up here. I could do all my work sitting in my room. I don’t have to go anywhere.

Duane Michals

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels

The Sensual World of The Unseen By Photographer Duane Michaels
Time is such a funny thing,
it’s like the hole inside a ring,
It’s always now and never then,
But when I saw it’s now again
It’s never now but always then.
We’re always here but never there,
But when I go from here to there,
When there is here and here is there
Should you think you’re very tall
Next to a tree you’re not at all,
and if you think you’re very small
next to a bee you’re ten feet tall.
When we dream we seem awake
But all along the dream was fake,
To me I’m “I” and never you,
you say you’re “I” and also me,
I know that’s true, How can that be
Since I’m not you, and you’re not me
Time is not what you might think
It is and isn’t in a wink.

Duane Michals

 

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11 Comments

    1. Hi Dan thanks for stopping by here. I know his sequencing and surreal photography really does get you thinking, and dreaming. It has a dream-like quality for me, I just love it

      1. You have a very eclectic blog, Athena. Mine is a bit more focused in purpose so I really envy and enjoy reading a blog like yours. It looks like you really enjoy authoring it diurnally.

      2. Thank you Dan you are so kind! I am now getting into your blog and will be following your posts and commenting. My blog is a scattershot approach and I actually envy people like yourself who can focus on one thing and one thing only. And sex is such a universal topic that everyone wants to read more about!

      3. You will find you have joined a dedicated, compassionate community that likes helping by sharing their experiences, feelings and knowledge with others. I look forward to your contributions and participation.

      4. Everyone should have the right tools at their disposal to become a better lover or better spouse! Yes count me in

      5. Bring all the compassion you can and empathy where applicable. Healing, learning and teaching is a big part of our mission through our sharing.

    1. Aww Im so glad you like it sweetie, I look on reddit for random things, I also have a newsfeed of different odd and interesting sites where I pick out the ones that that really resonate with me, its such an enjoyable process hunting out these things. mwah! big hugs xx

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