This is something like what my Halloween costume is going to be. Minus the half-nakedness. And speaking of half-nakedness, much of Kristi Ropeleski’s work features models in various states of undress.
Her Blood Harmony series is actually a large collection of portraits of topless people. But when I say topless, I don’t mean Playboy topless. No, the toplessness in Ropeleski’s work is simply there and very real. There’s nothing polished or airbrushed about this work as it seemd that Ropeleski strives to depict her models as exactly what they are: people. They’re not glamorous. In fact, most of them don’t even look happy. Just very serious.
The portraits in the Your Face Here series are much more candid, the settings normal background scenes instead of the austere white backdrop of Blood Harmony. Admittedly, I enjoy these a little bit more. Call me lazy for not being able to appreciate Blood Harmony, but it just seems to me that pictures like those of our friend here are just easier to see, accept, and analyze.
If you’re interested in learning more about Kristi Ropeleski, you should check out some of the blogs that have featured her work. There’s also an interview here. Happy reading, and get those Halloween costumes ready!