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James Friedman’s photographic series, Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing, feels like an encyclopedia or taxonomy of kissing, or the document created by an ethnographer – passionate, affectionate, oblivious. Shot in black and white, the series enables the viewer to focus on the stillness of the kiss – the awkwardness of the bystander faced with this bubble in space hints at a little bit of social chaos injected by the public display of private passion (‘where to look?’).

Lips are the border of inside and outside, and in the latter part of the 20th Century ‘the kiss’ has been celebrated in photography as a public window on a private emotion – think of the couple in Robert Doisneau’s Kiss By The Hotel De Ville. Or Alfred Eisenstaedt’s image of the sailor kissing the woman in the white dress in Times Square on V-J Day. It’s the ultimate ‘anti-social’ image, not in the sense of being destructive, but an image of two people recoiling from the social world, into their world, whose pleasure and terror is not the exclusion of every other human being, it’s more profound than simply exclusion – in the pleasure of the kiss no one else exists. And because kissing is done with eyes closed, it’s a feeling that is almost unrepresentable, that can’t be said, and only seen in the photograph.

Photographer James Friedman, Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing, no. 701
Photographer James Friedman, Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing, #701

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Guest Blog Post by Image Source

Seniors/Matures will change advertising, not just in the kinds of faces we are likely to see, or the stories that will be told – tone of voice will be markedly different. Welcome to the world of “Senior Kink”

There’s a line between the mocking and the eccentric that sensitive creatives carefully navigate. Let’s call this emotional and psychological line the “Kink”, were the line twists and bends into a shape that doesn’t fit with the linear. It’s a bit unexpected. It’s what happens when you get to a certain age, you’ve seen stuff before, the line of time starts repeating itself, there’s a certain unself-conscious freedom which comes from being less socially visible, less conventionally ‘beautiful’ or ‘handsome’ in advertising terms. Let’s call this twist in ageing “Senior Kink”.

Image_OneStill from Southern Comfort’s Whatever’s Comfortable Campaign

Wieden + Kennedy’s Southern Comfort are advertising pioneers of “Senior Kink” – a man walks across the beach, oblivious to everything, not least his own lack of style – shoes and socks – which by virtue of that becomes a style.

Image_TwoStill from Southern Comfort’s Whatever’s Comfortable Campaign

Or in the second iteration, the 50-something man in the snakeskin boots getting a hair massage and putting on his glasses to sneak a look at the attractive middle-aged woman sitting opposite. Or the third ad where the same man performs his ‘shadow’ Karate in the hairdresser, hair in colouring-foils, before retiring to his seat with a glass of Southern Comfort.

It’s no surprise that Beach picked up Gold at the Clios, at Cannes Lions and was the most successful ad at the recent British Arrows Craft Awards.

Why? Read more on the Image Source blog here.

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GDUSA has been covering stock imagery for three decades. It is clear that the story of stock imagery for creative professionals is an evolution from analog to digital, from slow to fast, from lack of choice to abundant choice, from expensive to affordable. And, most of all, from complex to simple.

TITRE

The next step in simple, says stock industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Oleg Tscheltzoff, is the Dollar Photo Club. In an interview with GDUSA, it became clear that Tscheltzoff has thought long and hard about how to eliminate the last obstacles to easy image access. Honing in on the values of simplicity, predictability, and efficiency, he explains: “Customers are tangled up in plans they don’t need, use, or even understand. Pricing structures have become an unruly mess that needs to be scaled back and simplified for the benefit of customers — not for companies and shareholders … So we’ve created Dollar Photo Club, which gets right to the point, offering straightforward access to over 25 million professional images for $1 each, at one low monthly fee. Dollar Photo Club customers pay only for what they use, nothing more, and always just $1.”

DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB

Tscheltzoff says that the new venture from Fotolia, a royalty-free image provider he founded in 2005, delivers high-resolution photos “always at the biggest size” and also offers vectors. Approved members can access the 25 million premium content images, and a reported 150,000 more are being added each week. For members, there are other select benefits and offers from high-value partners as well. The bottomline, he says, is that simplifying the price will be a significant time-saver, since it eliminates shopping for price on traditional sites, does not require signing up for large plans with lots of credits or downloads. “There is only one plan and one price,” says Tscheltzoff. In response to our question, he says that video and audio are under consideration, but not likely to be launched in the near future.

Click here to learn more about Oleg Tscheltzoff

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