Strength by Robert Knapman

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This was a spontaneous shot taken at a local Adelaide cafe on Rundle Street East in Kent Town one day when I was out with Dan. It was included in the series ‘When He’s Away’ and was a part of the ‘Living Queer in Adelaide’ group exhibition for the 2006 Feast Arts Festival there (Exibited at the Town Hall) I really like this one – human body against unyielding cement wall and rigid geometric lines.

The theme that I was working on with the shots in this series was an analysis and exploration of sexuality – but more specifically gay male sexuality and the universal themes relating to the divide between public and private, acceptibility and unacceptibility, connection and disconnection, and of course human vulnerability / sensitivity and the structures and systems which confine or limit this.

Image copyright © 2007, Robert Knapman. Copying and displaying or redistribution of this image without permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.


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  • Shannyn
    Shannynover 7 years ago

    This is exquisite! First time i saw it i felt an overwhelming sadness… sublime and evocatvie!

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanover 7 years ago

    Thanks Shannyn. This is actually my favourite of those here. I’m loving what people get from some of my shots – never had feedback before. My intent was to evoke loss, longing or vulnurability. Cheers.

  • Adrian Rachele
    Adrian Racheleover 7 years ago

    Very strong Robert. Great feeling to this.

  • Brett Squires
    Brett Squiresabout 7 years ago

    Wonderful image.. Strength, symmetry and entrapment. Perfectly realized.

  • Amanda J Slack-Smith
    Amanda J Slack...about 7 years ago

    Wonderful. Well captured. Love the way the lines in the wall are off centre, pulls everything together.

  • Robert Knapman
    Robert Knapmanabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Adrien, Brett and Amanda. Have to say the positive feedback and affirmation here is far better than random dummy spits – if you know what I mean. So cheers :)

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 7 years ago

    This is wonderful, it’s like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders…lovely lighting and textures too.

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42about 7 years ago

    i love the texture on the wall and the guys t-shirt against it…

  • marieancolie
    marieancolieabout 7 years ago

    how heavy is the world :(

    Love the rough texture of the walls.
    (I followed the link in “textures” on The Age)
    So many stories are untold here.

  • Raul Brzic
    Raul Brzicabout 7 years ago

    Great shoot Robert.
    I welcome your wide range of style in photography.

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