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Associating Memory of Teens, School Girl Complex

by OG mori on July 21, 2011 12:52 PM

Adolescent Memories, Revisited.


Call it an edgy expression of female sexuality without nudity. School Girl Complex is a work of Yuki Aoyama, also famously known as the creator of Solaryman. Though both works employ "an unique icon of Japan" as a photographic object (Solaryman: Japanese salaryman with his suit on. School Girl Complex: female high school/middle school student with her uniform on.) the philosophy behind these two creations differs distinctively.

"In Solaryman series, I tried to capture each salaryman without putting any emphasis on his body part. This method allows a viewer to grasp each salaryman's individual character from a macroscopic perspective. Whereas, in School Girl Complex series, I challenged to wash away the photo object's individual character, and attempted to focus on iconic body parts -- say, leg, thigh, neck, etc."

Yuki said.

School Girl Complex by Yuki Aoyama
School Girl Complex by Yuki Aoyama

As far as the focus of each body part goes, all the School Girl Complex pieces have no face.

"By eliminating the face--creating an anonymous figure, a viewer can associate each photo piece with his/her memory. A delusion is a keyword in here -- creating a flashback of the bittersweet days back in his/her teens. A void -- in someways, the missing face, is filled with the delusion or the memory."

The School Girl Complex is also popular among the female audiences. It seems that they tend to perceive Yuki's cutting-edge composition as "kawaii" or "cute."

This is no pornography, but an unique expression of feminine with an edgy twist.

School Girl Complex by Yuki Aoyama


EDGY JAPAN's Article on Solaryman

Yuki Aoyama's Website http://yukiao.jp/

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