Tucson: Nazraeli Press, 2002.
32 pgs, 16 color, 8 x 10 inches
The images in this book are not what they at first appear to be. Look again, and closely. Mayumi Lake s series of color photographs focuses on the wakinoshita, presenting this often neglected part of the body in a discomforting new light. Know what the true subject is, and while some unease might remain, any revulsion turns to curiosity, admiration and perhaps even delight. The wakinoshita Lake portrays with such intimacy and originality are shown in a wide array of poses ; dressed with crochet, lace, embroidery, fake fur, these obviously adult bits of body take on a diverting, playful look. But underneath the soft and feminine drapes nestle the dark hairs and folds of flesh that give Lake s work a decidedly unsettling edge. Item #1782