Artemy Lebedev is a Russian designer and restauranteur who blogs as “Tema” on the LiveJournal forum. He recently posted a series of four photographs taken by another LJ blogger, Internallife, which we republish after the jump. They are interesting because they seamlessly integrate partial animation. In one photo the model’s belly rises and falls while she breathes, in other she blinks her eyes, creating a startling contrast. The images drew nearly 700 comments on Lebedev’s blog, and show that Russians are capable of doing really clever things sometimes, if they choose to apply themselves.
They also so how utterly corrupt Russia really is, because they show up only in the context of borderline pornography and other low pursuits, some actually criminal like hacking and piracy. Though the photographers assure readers that the model is of legal age and employed, she looks like a child, and why must this technique be shown in this context? Why not something a little more . . . civilized? Why can’t these Russians see that that if they need to assure readers the woman is of legal age, they probably should have considered a different model, or an non-sexual way of showing their talent. Such moral thoughts seem totally beyond Russia’s ken. In light of our editorial in today’s issue about a brutal gang-rape of a drugged female student in London, these photos offer a terrifying type of insight about the attitude of Russians towards their women.
Anyway, it’s too much Russia in a nutshell (and we do mean nut!) for us to overlook. If you cannot see the animation, try a different browser or click through the original on Tema’s website.
WARNING: NUDITY FOLLOWS! EXERCISE DISCRETION!