Monday, June 15, 2009

Bruce and Emma in W Magazine. Brad, Angelina and David and Victoria Did it Better.

Yawwwwn.
Contrived.
Big whoop.

If there is such a notion as "boringly gross", Bruce Willis and his new child bride, Emma have defined it with their photo spread in July's W Magazine.

I'm sure you all recall David and Victoria Beckham doing their own "romantic" layout in the same magazine a couple of years ago, with the iconic British couple in a sweaty, seedy motel in the desert, taking them completely out of their "posh" element.


The God and Goddess of FIERCE Pictures, Images and Photos

Then Brad and Angelina did their own photographic layout for W soon after releasing "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Both of these photo essays told a story, particularly Brad and Angie's. Their story was of a seemingly "perfect" couple's life, complete with triplet boys--but the fictional relationship was any but perfect or normal. It was beautifully photographed with a dark, emotional tension.


This photo says so much more than
a rubber suit and a stainless steel table ever could.

Bruce and Emma's spread in W is a mainstream cliche`...rubber suit? Check. Scary clown? Check. Dominating woman in mask forcing "sex" on helpless old dude? Check.

Good God, people. Come up with something original. Bruce is feeling his age, but is fighting it with a VERY young wife and forcing pictures like these on the public.

Steven Klein photographed all three of these couples for W Magazine. I've seen his work in European magazines and it tends to be quite sexually extreme, but never dull. I'm just disappointed in the Bruce and Emma shoot. It feels like Bruce probably had a bigger hand in the photos than Steven. For a really great article about Steven Klein in the New York Times archives, click here:

http://nymag.com/nymetro/shopping/fashion/features/n_10371/

Wow. I am completely lacking a sense of humor in this post. See what those photos have done? Blaaaaah.

4 comments:

Stuart said...

Well, seeing every set makes me feel all sorts of oogy, I have a feeling the "sensual" theme is a bit lost.

DivaJulia said...

Stuart: "Sensual" doesn't enter into it at all. I think just the eff you see kay word.

Still Bruce and Emma's are so 1991.

Stuart said...

Well, isn't anything Bruce does so 1991? Isn't Bruce so 1991?

Annette said...

I love that Bruce is doing a Yeti in pic 2. That shows a certain openess...