Lecture & Exhibition: South Philly Traditions


South Philly Traditions

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TWS: K Vaughn Scarves

Photo by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017

I wear K Vaughn Scarves


Portrait of Tony Ward by Michael Heath, Copyright 2017


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Noa Baker: Erotica


Photography by Noa Baker, Copyright 2017

Photography and Text by Noa Baker, Copyright 2017




Coming from an Orthodox Jewish home, having grown up in my sheltered Orthodox bubble in a private school of 98 students, all of whom were, of course, Orthodox Jews, I admit that I am still shocked at moments by even the most conservative covers of Vogue. While adolescents my age lost their virginity at fifteen, I prayed three times a day and covered myself in long black skirts and blouses that buttoned over my collar bone. As per Orthodox Jewish tradition, not only did I desperately and possessively guard my virginity and hide any form of sexuality, I did not touch men at all. Not a handshake, not a high five. I cringed standing too close to men on public transportation.

These things were slippery slopes, I knew. A handshake could easily slip into a hug, a caress into the most forbidden kind of touching.

Erotic photography? I wasn’t aware that such a thing existed.

Like all good Orthodox young women, I dutifully shipped myself to Israel after high school to immerse myself further in Jewish learning in an all-women seminary. We all wore skirts to our calves and spoke in idioms like “I have a meeting with the Rabbi after shiur (Torah study), please God” and “I’ll be home around 10, God willing.” Did we think about fashion? Of course we did—we were normal girls, after all. Did we talk about boys and paint our nails and hit the mall on our breaks? Of course. But it was as though a thin veil separated me from the rest of the world, and everything on the other side was covered in a forbidden and tempting haze.

It doesn’t matter how I dropped orthodoxy, or slowly found my way back to spirituality. But I’ve found that somehow my insular upbringing affects even the most minute moments of my day with surprising strength. Enrolling in a fashion photography class seemed like a lot of fun, a good creative outlet in the midst of a computer science and math – heavy semester. I had no idea it would force me to confront my conception of modesty. Why was I still blushing at a photo with cleavage, while other students unabashedly photographed models in the nude on Locust Walk?

In this shoot, I tried to honor my roots. Erotica in the orthodox Jewish community has nothing to do with nudity, with bare breasts or an exposed thigh. No one within the community would think of such things. Instead, sexuality resides in subtlety: in a glance across the separation wall between man and women during prayer services (in an Orthodox school, this was the only co-ed interaction), in wild hair creating a halo around covered shoulders that refuses to be tamed despite the rigidity of dress, in dark lipstick (discouraged), in full lips, in confidence, in the forbidden.


About The Author: Noa Baker is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Noa Baker, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/noa-baker-street-fashion/


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Linda Ruan: Sexy Yet Subdued


Photography and Text by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2017




In this series of photographs, I aim to construct a scene that is sexy yet subdued. The product I am featuring is one of Coco Chanel’s fragrances: Coco Noir. Instead of centering all my images around the actual spray bottle, I cut out its label and paste it on either the corner or the center of each of my photographs.

Since the assignment is about erotica and I find photographing others might be awkward, I then use a tripod and hand hold my camera to shoot me and my lover. I set the ISO to 1600 because we are shooting inside where the light is low and I do now want blurry images. I specifically choose to shoot at night because I want to photograph some body movements in silhouettes.  My inspiration for shooting silhouettes is that one night I was staying up late and did not close my curtains. The warm outside light against the dark grey sky impressed me. Romantic and still are the only words that I could think of to describe that scene. So, I decided to photograph that moment for this assignment.

To me, erotic imagery is about desires. It does not have to be explicit sex, although majority of the mainstream media outlets capture it. I was especially shocked by the explicit nude male body when I saw Samuel de Cubber for Yves Saint Laurent’s fragrance M7 ad campaign (2002). Using overt sex to sell products might be too much and not that acceptable for viewers or buyers. Yet, it is undeniable that they might attract more attentions because viewers are then taking up the voyeuristic role of the erotic subjects.

I was originally thinking about capturing body movements all in silhouette, however, I found it extremely difficult to do because tripod made the timing, posing as well as focusing harder. It then turns out only two images that against the curtains are in good quality. I then decided to hand hold my camera, yet later I also found it hard to do because the distance is too close and sometimes I could not focus and release the button, though luckily, I got some good photos. I edited all my photos in a warm orange tone because I wanted to recreate the mood that I was feeling and thinking of the other night. Overall, this series of photographs is about the desire for love through intimate touch and allusive sex that are invoked by Coco Chanel’s Le Noir fragrance.


About The Author: Linda Ruan is a sophomore with Painting and Art History concentration at Bryn Mawr College.  To access additional articles by Linda Ruan, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/linda-ruan-earrings/



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Joy Lewis: Hi Heels


Photography and Text by Joy Lewis, Copyright 2017




I feel that the mainstream media tends to depict erotic photography negatively and that it is something not often discussed. Nudity attracts a lot of attention from people and people view nudity in photography as out of the “norm”. In art nude figures are often portrayed and it is seen as acceptable, but photographs of nudity are thought of as negative or uncomfortable to most people. This is because some people would call photography “real” while art is not.

Since erotic photography is not something I’ve ever considered or have ever really thought about I was nervous when handed this project. It was out of my comfort zone and something I was rather unfamiliar with which I would blame on the views and therefore lack of erotic photography in mainstream media. Although nervous, I was also rather excited to try something new and unfamiliar and use this project as an outlet for creativity.

I knew when handed the instructions for this assignment that I did not want to portray complete nudity and I think that is because I find nudity uncomfortable and again I think this has to do with the views society has about nudity. I instead wanted to find a way to suggest nudity throughout my photos photos. I chose to do my assignment on shoes because I feel that shoes are one of the more uncommon products advertised through erotic photography. I wanted to create sexy photos that creatively showcased the shoes my models were wearing.

For my models I chose friends whom I thought would be comfortable doing this assignment. I think that to do an assignment like this it is important to find models who are comfortable in their skin and are willing to go outside their comfort zone. I found this assignment to be the most difficult thus far, but I also think this experience has helped shape me into a better photographer.


About The Author: Joy Lewis is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Joy Lewis, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/joy-lewis-chilly-weather-fashion/



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