February 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
known to most of us as star trek’s original spock, nimoy is also a photographer.
and among various other ventures, he has developed the full body project.
if interested, access his other galleries (and more from this project) HERE.
below: an excerpt of nimoy’s thoughts on this work.
The Full Body Project
By Leonard Nimoy
“This current body of work is a departure for me. For a number of years, I have been producing images using the female figure. I have worked with numerous models who were professional people earning their living by posing, acting, dancing, or any combination thereof. But, as has been pointed out to me in discussions at exhibitions of my work, the people in these pictures always fell under the umbrella of a certain body type. I’ll call it a “classic” look. Always within range of the current social consensus of what is “beautiful.” In fact, that was the adjective I most often heard when my work was exhibited. The women as they appeared in my images were allotted no individual identity. They were hired and directed to help me express an idea—sometimes about sexuality, sometimes about spirituality—and usually about feminine power. But the pictures were not about them. They were illustrating a theme, a story I hoped to convey.”
I wanted these pictures to be more about them. These women are projecting an image that is their own. And one that also stems from their own story rather than mine.” -Leonard Nimoy
what i like most about nimoy’s initiative is his desire to facilitate women expressing themselves, for themselves. i am grateful for his ability to be reflexive about his depictions of “feminine power”, to realize the trouble of his intentions. “empowering” images of women are for naught when their purpose, existence even, remains derived from the male gaze. such texts must come to be on their own. so, of course i feel a prick of hypocrisy, in that these representations are still mitigated by nimoy’s Dick and Fame. but still, i like him more now.