Applethorpe (STRONG SEXUAL METAPHOR) by Darren Bailey LRPS

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This image was inspired by the late artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Mapplethorpe’s images were generally of fairly strong sexual content including his renowned flower work which was of strong metaphorical content due to his fascination for male and female genitalia. (be warned if searching his work for the first time)

My image is part of my work for my Diploma in photographic art and was inspired by mapplethorps flower work.
I have used an apple to create the metaphorical statement.

Image taken with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro @ f11 1/125 using a Bowens studio light and a black background.

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I am a Photographer and Photographic artist based in Surrey in the UK my inspirations can and do come from anywhere from 17th century artists such as Cotan to other members of the Redbubble community.

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  • lamiel
    lamielover 2 years ago

    Sexy it is. :-) Great concept.

  • keki
    kekiover 2 years ago

    nice one!!

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 2 years ago

    extremely clever twist of words & imagery, this would be such an incredibly powerful shot for hard phumping advertising that makes you sit and say… gee that was so well done!!! It made me sit up visualise this as an aids prevention, safe sex or teenage pregnancy campaign. The forbidden fruit, the undeniable, astounding almost instant connection the brain links the 2 apple halves to sexual penetration. I’m happy to admit it, when I first saw this in the thumbnail and had not seen the title I thought sex before apple. It was difficult to relate it to fruit as, the juice on the cut flesh of the apple resembles the sweat from damn good sex, the stem screamed penis at me with it’s bending upwards stiff arrogance … the curve of the apple so similar to an exotic female form that I really had to look twice & shook my head in total respect for the simple yet profound image I was viewing… well done!

  • Thank you so much for your amazing insights into my work it gives me great pleasure to receive comments like these especially from someone that produces such great work themselves makes the whole thing mean so much more.
    Once again thank you very much.

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Ian English
    Ian Englishover 2 years ago

    Brilliantly conceived and executed Darren. I concur with everything Nicolette said already :)

  • Thank you :o)

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenover 2 years ago

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature its always an honour :o)

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Rove
    Roveover 2 years ago

    funny and great

  • Thank you

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • asm1
    asm1over 2 years ago

    Brilliant concept, metaphor and title! In awe of your imagination (or was there a prompt from something else? ;)

  • rhian mountjoy
    rhian mountjoyabout 2 years ago

  • Emma  Gilette
    Emma Giletteabout 2 years ago

    well… you certainly achieved the metaphor! very clever!

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