Pheromones: those vague, mysterious chemicals that determine attraction or repulsion. One of the reasons, if not the reason, we will be inexplicably drawn to the stranger standing three feet away from us, or obliviously head straight for the bar without a second glance in their direction.
US-based artist and photographer Amanda Charchian is interested in these ill-defined invisible forces, specifically “the emissions of our bodies as extrasensory devices of communication”, which has culminated in a monograph of portraits of other female artists, always in a state of undress, and always positioned in locations foreign to them.
Pheromone Hotbox is an exploration of the immersive intimacy Charchian finds in photographing the nude female form in open, natural landscapes. The results are stunning portrayals of communion – human and land, artist and subject, woman and nature – all rendered with vivid clarity that, like pheromones, you can almost smell.
WORDS Anna Harrison