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Natacha Merritt – Digital Girly

Posted by Adrian on August 7, 2007


(image from Natacha Merrit Digital Diaries book out now on Taschen)

I think 99% porn out there in digital land is rubbish. It’s an overrated and overconsumption based industry. The 1% of porn or erotica isn’t too bad. The differences? The basic formula is there (sex), but the format changes, creativity and experimentation with design and image ensures that it separates it self from the bulk of the puerile.

As mainstream porn ascends further into the voyeuristic fantasy to feed a masochistic, sexually constrained society in the 21st century. The internet, cyberspace the virtual and digital world represent that easily assessable medium of repetitive imagery. So, what is good porn or good erotica in the digital age? As I said, design, aesthetics even a self reflection or commentary no matter how subtle, could just save the whole porn/erotica world from falling into the garbage heap of pointlessness.

Natacha Merritt is good at what she does. Good enough to have a book out on Taschen. Her images are of the voyeur oriented, but they are so good. She has skills in photography, capitalizing on the internet porn consumption. But it’s different, stylized. It’s a mixed medium of neon or sparse style lighting and a sexual future based on isolation.

There will be a full review of her book in the coming months.

Check out her website


2 Responses to “Natacha Merritt – Digital Girly”

  1. liz said

    Sorry, I cannot take this photographer seriously and I disagree that there is anything to be said for her “skills” or ability to “stylize”. In fact, this review quote from Weekly Wire, really sums this book up:

    “Her book proposal to art house publisher Taschen must have read something like, “Okay, like, here’s the thing: I take digital pictures of myself masturbating and having sex with a lot of really hot, emaciated model types. I’m so daring and out there. Hope you guys like my pictures a bunch!””

    Lots of guys who like this book for the hard-on it gives them will strike faux-intellectual positions, insisting that the vapid self-absorption of a cute 21-year old taking pictures of her own perky breasts and shaved vagina is courageous and groundbreaking and in this spirit, this book poses as a contribution to discourse on female sexuality. But it is the opposite, reinforcing the oppressively narrow “teen-sluts hot 4U” tedium of most current sexual representation.

    My advice: if you want sexy intelligence spend your money on a subscription to On Our Backs or Nan Goldin’s work , and leave this junk in the recycling bin where it belongs.

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