Amanda Palmer. Musician. - Photographer Ben Hopper's 'Natural Beauty' project presents a captivating collection of images featuring a bevvy of beautiful models . . . proudly displaying their armpit hair. Through his stunning series of images, the London photographer advocates armpit hair as a natural state which, he asserts, has become a statement because the beauty industry has encouraged hair removal for almost a century. 'Natural Beauty' could be classified as a type of protest. Juxtaposing common 'fashionable' female beauty and the raw unconventional look of female armpit hair - provoking thoughts and inspiring discussion. The project started in 2007 as a satirical observation on contemporary art and how a lot of artists create a body of repetitive work only to be treated seriously by overwhelmed audiences. Hopper says: "I thought photographing a lot of really beautiful women with armpit hair would make a similar effect. It took me few years to realise I actually liked that look myself and the whole reasoning was probably a subconscious one." But Ben doesn't necessarily believe waxing, in itself, is a crazy concept. He says: "I don't think it's insanity. i think it's very common. but that doesn't mean it is right. I think people should just question that norm. "I don't want to say that I want women to start growing their armpit hair, I just think that it's a possibility and people shouldn't dismiss it. I'd like people to just question the whole thing. "The title is talking strictly about the armpit air which is natural and can be a beautiful thing. The beauty is also the beauty of the subjects who, to me, are beautiful each in their own way." **Mandatory Credit: Ben Hopper** **Note to editors: please keep credits as they are** **Please include note in copy: main website: http://therealbenhopper.com/ https://www.facebook.com/THEREALBenHopper https://twitter.com/benhopper http://instagram.com/therealbenhopper/ http://benhopper.tumblr.com/ **Further interview quotes available on - Tuesday 15th April 2014
Dresden Dolls singer has sparked debate with her poem
Amanda Palmer’s “Poem for Dzhokhar” has sparked wide-scale debate; not only on her blog, where it was posted, but beyond there in the wider media. Seemingly an empathetic look at the man accused of the Boston marathon bombings, ‘Poem for Dzhokhar’ makes for uncomfortable reading. Partly because of the subject matter, the difficulty of re-humanising a man that many mainstream media outlets will so quickly have branded a monster but partly because of the many assumptions that Palmer must have made in order to pen this poem.
It is, of course, an act of fiction, a work of art, a product of Palmer’s imagination; produced at such a time that emotions are still running high in relation to the Boston tragedy. Wall Street Journal have run a blog today (April 23, 2013) entitled “Is This Verse About The Boston Bombings The Worst Poem Ever?” stating their position on the matter quite clearly, with that most rhetorical of questions. Amanda Palmer reportedly refused a request to comment. Meanwhile, Salon.com have accused the poem of being “trollish,” though argues that the existence of the poem itself should not be cause for outrage; if Palmer wishes to express her thoughts on the tragic events by envisioning the thoughts of the alleged perpetrator, well, then, why shouldn’t she?
Palmer, of course, has a highly dedicated fan-base, ready to defend her to the hilt, as many have done in the (nearly 2000) comments section of the blog. Overwhelmingly, the response to the poem has been negative, but what’s worse, the intention, the timing, or the poem itself?