Belgian photographer Jean Van Cleemput has a new book out called Beluga, which features scantily clad models posing with sea food in a Belgian Chinese restaurant. Van Cleemput is a fairly well known photographer with an international client list. His past work includes a series on war, pictured above. This features partially clad women posing as various modern warriors complete with guns, machetes and explosives belts. When asked what inspired this provocative imagery he replied:
George Bush, the beginning of the war in Iraq, and the world that’s getting more and more extreme … I don’t like to discuss too much about photography, there are always pro and contras. When you make pictures, people are not used to seeing, then it becomes a never ending discussion, that’s why I like to keep it purely visual.
I took the liberty of adding in some strategic Jewlicious logos and Magen Davids, but otherwise I am not quite sure why I felt compelled to blog this. When presented with images of nude women dressed as Palestinian suicide bombers, members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Klansmen – how could I resist? Seriously. Is there a larger message here? Maybe, but tonight I agree with our Belgian photographer “I don’t like to discuss too much about photography.”
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