Artur Birkle is a German photographer with an eye for the candid and playfully suggestive. He shoots across many fields, including editorials, portraits, and reportage photography. His style is always distinct: high flash, casual poses, and accentuated body parts. Skillfully capturing the energy of his models and their intimate gestures, Birkle’s works allude to eroticism, rather than overtly display it.
Two series from his portfolio are shown here, Fruit Salad and Personal. The former features fruit in erogenous situations: a banana anointed with a thick, creamy liquid; apples strategically placed over breasts; a plum resting on someone’s tailbone. The sexual imagery of fruit has been explored before in art (and our imaginations)—i.e., the phallic resemblance of a banana—but Birkle does an excellent job accentuating the eroticism in a clean and simple manner. The skin texture and individual hairs of his models lend the images an honesty that heightens the viewer’s curiosity.
The Personal series has the same lighthearted tone, but with a softer, more sensual edge. These images are like viewpoints into private moments, buzzing with the after-burn of intimacy. Events such as twilight window-gazing and partially dressed bodies are documented in his fragmentary style, enticing us with a piece of the story and allowing our imaginations to fill in the rest. Birkle captures the nuances of physical expression in clever and unique ways.