Permalink 77 notes
[PHOTO]
Mike Brodie - Untitled, 2004
These photographs by Mike Brodie of train-hopping nomads have been making the rounds on the internet lately, but this particular photo strikes me as the most powerful.  Amid the rest of the photos, I was surprised by the sight of the child—for a moment, I assumed it was two lovers splayed out on one another.  Indeed, the child has renaissance-like bulk to his muscles, his left foot pushed awkwardly to its length feels manneristic, and his foreshortened hand, rendered inert as he reaches for milk looks unreal.  In fact, it was the shadow of the breast that first alerted me to the real relations of sitters in this portrait.  Here, the composition and position of the figures frames the drama of the scene: the child, certainly too old to be breast-feeding, has to strain his body to feed himself; the mother can lie back carelessly and not have to cradle nor worry about him; breast-feeding a child means that the mother has one less mouth to feed.

Mike Brodie - Untitled, 2004

These photographs by Mike Brodie of train-hopping nomads have been making the rounds on the internet lately, but this particular photo strikes me as the most powerful.  Amid the rest of the photos, I was surprised by the sight of the child—for a moment, I assumed it was two lovers splayed out on one another.  Indeed, the child has renaissance-like bulk to his muscles, his left foot pushed awkwardly to its length feels manneristic, and his foreshortened hand, rendered inert as he reaches for milk looks unreal.  In fact, it was the shadow of the breast that first alerted me to the real relations of sitters in this portrait.  Here, the composition and position of the figures frames the drama of the scene: the child, certainly too old to be breast-feeding, has to strain his body to feed himself; the mother can lie back carelessly and not have to cradle nor worry about him; breast-feeding a child means that the mother has one less mouth to feed.

  1. gunfights reblogged this from toutpetitlaplanete
  2. iamnot-there reblogged this from toutpetitlaplanete
  3. purassicjarkwhatup reblogged this from toutpetitlaplanete
  4. my-mothers-kitchen reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  5. sasshole-ism reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  6. deszczowe-dni reblogged this from jasonvaughnart
  7. 3bitches1tmblr reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  8. michellemybellethebeatles reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  9. dieforce reblogged this from loureedssunglasses
  10. burnedcookies reblogged this from thestarsburnedmyeyes and added:
    Very interesting interpretation of this powerful image.
  11. amidnightthing reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  12. carolineaguilar611 reblogged this from satansbuttcrack
  13. deerchels reblogged this from satansbuttcrack
  14. gmorchel reblogged this from satansbuttcrack
  15. thestarsburnedmyeyes reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  16. reverie-de-la-nuit reblogged this from satansbuttcrack
  17. naturarmonia reblogged this from ch1llwavez
  18. loureedssunglasses reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  19. filthylesbian reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  20. ch1llwavez reblogged this from satansbuttcrack
  21. satansbuttcrack reblogged this from homicidalbrunette
  22. homicidalbrunette reblogged this from sesame-oil