I’m forcing myself to dial back the feverish intensity for this week’s eyeball fodder because I absolutely do not want to come across as an unyielding tyrant and I don’t want to be off-putting or self-righteously sanctimonious or an annoying know-it-all. I don’t want to be any of those things and yet I am afraid that on this particular subject I may be a little bit of all of these things.
And so I won’t beat a dead horse about it. All I will say is that I am the sort of person who, if I see someone has posted an image on the internet, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or wherever, and has failed to note who the artist is, or perhaps has marked the image “artist unknown,” I will launch myself enthusiastically out of bed, even if it’s two o’clock in the morning, to try and figure out who that artist is. Because I can’t not know. It doesn’t matter why I am like this, it doesn’t make me a better or a worse person than anyone else, and I am not trying to convince anyone of that. It’s just part of my makeup and I can’t help myself. I could probably go into loads more detail about it and I have– and at great length–if you’ve followed my social medias over the years, but I am not going to burden you with that today. It’s a drum I never get tired of banging but I totally get that there are people who may be tired of hearing it. So! Moving on.
This week’s eyeball fodder consists of a few mystery works of art, that were either uncredited or incorrectly credited when I originally found them, and for which over the years I have researched and tracked down the creators. I thought it might be nice to have them all in one spot, and if even one person sees this and says “oh! so that’s who the artist is! I’ve loved that photo forever!” then I will feel pretty great. If someone else says, “oh, I already knew that!” Well, good for you, I guess! That knowledge sure would have come in handy when I was cursing the internet at 2AM in the morning!
(Above and featured) Photography & styling by Amberly Valentine
For Hedonist Magazine, December 2013
Hair: Guiseppe Bulzis
Make-up: Akari Sugino
Models: Shannon Brennan & Irina Roshik
The Coven by Landon Wiles
Model: Kalie Krause
From “the dark series” by Anton Babushkin
“Forever Autumn,” a collaboration between photographer Stephen Maycock and model Jen Brook.
By Greg Christman // @christmanphoto
La Lune by Féebrile
Model “Cindy” // Mask Patrick Jannin
Bonus! This is an image I have been searching out the provenance of for some time now, but sadly I have made no progress at all. If you have any info about it to share, please comment and let me know!
One last point I will make is this. For the purposes of sussing out who an artist might be for an uncredited image you’ve run across, Google Reverse Image search is your very good friend. So is Tin Eye. Believe it or not, I get great results with Bing when all else fails. Yandex comes through, too! Perhaps this is coming from a privileged place, the suggestion that you might have the emotional, physical, or literal bandwidth for this type of research–and if so, please forgive me for being presumptuous or insensitive. But if you have these things at your disposal and you are at liberty to use them, they are useful tools, and it’s such a satisfying feeling to see a piece of beautiful art and be able to connect it to the human who coaxed it forth into the world.