“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Limitless Beauty of Woman

Shape of flower

There are universal and timeless pleasures in life. You can appreciate many of them with nothing more than a glance. Sometimes you even get a glance back. I had this photo for some time and have been waiting for an opportunity to use it. By coincidence and looking for something quite different, I found this little news clip about the artist photographer. Nothing more than that.

Vietnamese artist wins with nudity
03:23' 17/01/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge
Photographer Quoc Dinh won a gold medal at Japan’s international Asahi Shimbun photo contest in 2005 for “Life’s Medium” and another gold for “Afternoon Dream” in 2007. Both winning works were nude photographs.

Asahi Shimbun is a reputable annual photo contest which attracts nearly ten thousand photos on average. Quoc Dinh has surprised the local photographic circle because within two years working as a professional photographer, he won four international prizes, all of which were nude photos.

Quoc Dinh recently sent four nude photos to the 61st Hong Kong International Photo Contest, which received nearly 10,000 photos from around the world. All of his four photos won a prize: Autumn Color got a gold medal, Shape of Flower got a gold as well, Aspiration and Two Artworks won bronze medals.

Quoc Dinh was born in 1967 and graduated from the Dong Nai Provincial Art College. After ten years earning his living from paintings, he became a photographer in 2004. In two years, 2002-2004, he has received 16 domestic and international prizes.

Regarding nude photos, Dinh said he is also a painter so he is able to feel the perfect beauty of women, and he wants to honor the beauty of the female body. Women in Dinh’s nude photos are mainly normal girls, not professional models.

Some senior photographers advised Dinh to not focus on nude photos because this is a sensitive medium. Moreover, international photographers have walked this area carefully. But Dinh thinks women’s beauty is limitless and he has succeeded with his art.