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Documents of the Disturbed. Alva Bernadine, New Photography

A very suburban sort of smut permeates Bernadine’s latest series

Not even a nipple showing, and yet Alva Bernadine continues to evoke submission, smut, and something more disturbing in his newest series of photos.

There is certainly a mood evoked in his works which extends beyond sexual fantasy and the visual tropes of submission/domination/voyeurism/titillation.

Is it a domestic despair, an ennui, or perhaps a disillusionment with the artifice of the beauty myth which permeates the subjects of his ostensibly straightforward fetish shots?

‘There is always an odd event in my pictures and a certain tension.’ Alva Bernadine.

Perhaps they are merely the artefacts of a pornographer – a title Bernadine embraces enthusiastically, even if his images are more meticulously contrived than the standard. Nevertheless, in these images, bored acquiescence is portrayed as a virtue rather than an unwanted occupational hazard.

In his own words: ‘My work is self-indulgent without being impenetrable.’

Which doesn’t mean it’s not interpretable.

Alva Bernadine, Instagram

 

 

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