Have you heard all the brouhaha about Brooke Shields’s museum worthy naked kiddie pic? I was curious about how shocking the photo actually was (you can see it here), and I have to say I find it really distasteful and bordering on pedophilia. It makes me think…what was her mother thinking to condone with that?
It puzzles me I admit…but on the topic of naked children in bathubs, I give you Zhang Peng‘s work (yeah I’m twisted for making that connection, I know :).
Chinese born Zhang Peng merged his background in painting with his love for photography to create some very eerie portraits, full of drama and theatrics, resorting to intense color use and emotion manipulation. Using mostly little girls as models, he toys with people’s expectations of hope and aspiration usually associated with such young subjects to offer a grotesque view of society’s expectations and perfection ideals. Toddlers and tiaras, anyone?