Nedda Afsari Shoots Fashion Portraiture With A Surreal, Eerie, And Erotic Edge

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Nedda Afsari (aka, Muted Fawn) is a LA-based photographer who infuses fashion photography and portraiture with elements of the eerie, erotic, and strange. Influenced by a combination of music, art horror films, the supernatural, and her own lucid dreams, her images stir the imagination as powerful, semi-surreal visions. Women in strappy, edgy lingerie pose sedately with their faces hidden in washing machines and behind walls; a masked matron symbolically opens an empty birdcage; another sits up on a desert road, her body swathed in plastic wrap. In every image, her figures exude a stunning sense of otherworldly calm, beauty, and confidence.

When I asked Afsari what impressions and feelings she hopes her viewers will take from her images, she expressed the desire to connect and empower:

“[M]y main hope is that the viewer is able to feel an emotion from my photographs and formulate their own meaning. I enjoy photographing women that have a strong feminine presence and love to capture that seductive power and alluring mystique. I tend to be pretty shy, so in a sense I feel like I’m sometimes vicariously living through some of these ladies I photograph and it’s helped me open up a little more personally.”

Afsari explores femininity in a way that crosses the decades of fashion photography, seamlessly blending vintage pin-up-style portraiture with a more contemporary latex-occult fetishism. Feminine power is not rooted in conventional notions of sexuality, exploring women as ethereal and dominant presences. She regularly collaborates with artists who share a similar aestheticism, such as the alternative designers Hopeless Lingerie and Creepyyeha.

As for upcoming projects, Afsari is currently working on collaborations with photographer Kristin Cofer. She is also putting together a gallery show in LA and Miami and aims to create more video projects in the near future. Check out her website, Facebook, and Instagram to follow her inspiring work.Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion PhotographyNedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion PhotographyNedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion PhotographyNedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography Nedda Afsari, Muted Fawn - Fashion Photography

 

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