Looking through the varied social media accounts of Kesler Tran is like taking a stroll through a candy shop. One after another, there are delectable models with perfect forms and soft emotions illuminating the screen. The imagery Tran composes is pure poetry.
Sarah Ann Johnson wanted to create works that are both personal and vulnerable. Rather than using herself, she enlisted the help of friends and acquaintances. She captured them in a variety of sex acts to include masturbating, cuddling, sleeping, kissing and fucking.
Tony Kelly’s tongue-in-cheek commentary is smart and funny. After all, the men in the images are pocket-sized, yet their lechery is larger than life. And with the women serving as essential window dressing for the guys to ogle and feel-up, it’s hard not to overlook another power dynamic playing out—-dominance and submission.
Using elaborate props, costumes, and exaggerated make-up, Cohen executes perfectly toned images of the recognizable glamour of post-war Americana and retro Britain. A master at illustrating an era of decadence, Cohen styles all of her subjects [mostly friends] and completes each set by incorporating her own vintage regalia, which she spends plenty of time collecting.