Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Love on the Left Eye” Photo Series Shows Life Askew (NSFW)
If I had to choose a favorite photographer it would be Nobuyoshi Araki without a doubt. There’s something magnetic about his photography, something dark but attractive that just draws my eyes in and doesn’t let me go. His obsession with the female form and the eroticism it evokes has been the most prominent subject in his career, which I believe culminates in his series Love on the Left Eye.
It was last year that Araki lost sight in his right eye due to a retinal artery obstruction, a fact that, while very unfortunate for the artist, resulted in the inspiration for this unique photography series. In it the omnipresent female nudes make an appearance, as well as another Araki staple: floral arrangements. But the real eye catcher here is that all these photographs have the whole right side of them covered up, simulating the artist’s skewed view of the world after his loss of eyesight.
The whole series is as much introspective as it is celebratory, since it explores the personal turmoil of the artist while choosing specific subjects already mastered by him. It does make you wonder just how much your own perspective influences your decisions and outlook on life, but it also encourages mystery by not truly showing you all there is to see.