I need to break up with
The Last Japanese Mermaids
For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.
In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence
…Every inch craves the tactile generosity
coming from his mouth.
fka twigs in her visual representation of submission.
”…i want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. i want a man lying over me, always over me. his will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot.
i don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, god, as a woman i want to be dominated…”
0III: elise peterson
lifestyles journalist + assistant art director
I’m so excited to be showing work at @vividgallery in the exhibit curated by @mambubadu ‘If we came from nowhere here, why can’t we go somewhere there?’ Opening this friday ^_^