September 14, 2009 cheska and the camera
Francesca Woodman committed suicide in a dramatic way, it was romantic with a capital R. With a history of depression, she threw herself out of a New York loft window at the ripe old age of 22.
Before that, though, she took some breathtaking photographs. The interplay of light and the way her subjects fade into nothingness. They play with your pre-conceptions, picking out slivers of your ideas, half-snatched memories, made unfamiliar by her twitchy, twisting renderings, made dreamlike and a little frightening… A shivery kind of gorgeous.