Monday, April 13, 2009
Sally Mann uses value in this photograph to emphasize her daughter's (the little girl's) repose. The darker edges of the photograph make it feel more dream-like, but it also, in my opinion, takes away from the innocence of the image and suggests something ominous or dangerous just outside the girl's reach. Because her subjects are often her naked children, Sally Mann's work has been highly controversial, with some claiming that these photos of her children are comparable to child pornography. Others say her photographs are from a mother's point of view, and nakedness is simply one of the ways in which she sees her children.