James Baes, 1974
James Baes started as a fashion photographer in France, eventually focusing on female nudity/erotica, and is recognized for his work in ‘Hustler’ and ‘Oui’ magazines. Highly reminiscent of ‘Leda and the Swan’ from Greek mythology, this photograph re-contextualizes the story into 70’s porn culture.
“Leda and the Swan”
A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.
How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?
A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
Being so caught up,
So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
- William Butler Yeats
magnetism • ˈmagnəˌtizəm| noun
a physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects.
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