Michael Hoppen Gallery: Sarah Moon 'About Colour' (until 5th April 2014)
Image courtesy of www.actualcoloursmayvary.com
Each image being presented at the Michael Hoppen Gallery is notable in various ways, with certain feminist interpretations appearing prevalent. 'Fashion 7 - Stockings', pictured below, is certainly not exempt from this, as, although the photograph was only taken seventeen years ago, there is an affinity that the viewer feels between fashion photography past and present. The anonymity of the majority of Moon's models is almost a startling experience for the viewer, especially as generally we are used to the 'supermodel' or, if failing that, ludicrously rich and famous female models of catwalk and commercial fashion. In respect to the time setting of the image, in the twenty-first century we are almost immune to the hyper-sexualisation of what seems like everything in popular culture, from music to fashion and beyond. This subtle depiction of the naked form teases the interest of the viewer as to the message of the image, in opposition to crude, unadulterated nudity and allows the perfect equidistance between attention of the skill of the artist and the imagery of the item of clothing.