Schmetterling – Calin Kruse
 





Schmetterling


Calin
Kruse


Dienacht
Publishing


£17
/ 64pp


February
2014


ISBN:
N/A


Risographs
are currently enjoying something of a renaissance. No longer just the
printing method of choice for political activists, they are now a
staple of the self-published photobook world. Combine this lo-fi
production method with a tried and tested subject matter that seems
perpetually on trend – a young, attractive, white female undressing
before the camera – and you have the blueprint for Calin Kruse’s
Schmetterling
(German for butterfly). The book displays many hallmarks of similar
publications: moody, grainy, black and white. A single, doe-eyed
character plays to the camera, sheds her clothes and writhes naked on
a paint-chipped wooden floor, with the male photographer looking down
somewhat authoritatively from above. Whilst it unarguably conveys a
certain mood and has successfully commanded a second print run, is
Kruse really showing us anything we don’t already know about the
male gaze? Unlike some of his more socially aware projects, this
particular book failed to truly hold my attention or ignite my
imagination. The back cover contains the words, “Sometimes,
unexpected things happen,” yet the cumulative fatigue from having
seen enough quasi-erotic art world photographs of this nature meant
that unfortunately not a single spread exceeded my expectations. 


Reviewed by James D. Clark
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