Rob Verbunt a recent graduate of the Academy of Photography in The Netherlands. Graduated with his project Rapture. By his own description:
Rapture shows an intimate series of images about being enraptured, achieving or passing borders and the thin line between appropriate and inappropriate, pleasure or displeasure.
In Rapture, living the images while shooting, was as important as to publish them. To enhance the imagery of the theme, pinhole photography, long exposure times and the mixing of light with different color temperatures were being used.
His choice for equipment and lighting complements the idea of the project very well. Flowing lines and soft shapes erotic in nature while at the same time in darkness seems to suggest to some forbidden fruit. As still often in our society our automatic response is one of disapproval when something feels too good or when – being enraptured.
His work reminded me of Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata and in particular his Stigma project. Where the work of Antoine d’Agata on Stigma is confronting and at times harsh, then Rapture is much easier to relate to and kinder on the soul.
More project information and the photographs can be found on http://fairbuns.nl his official website.