NEW BOOK: EVIDENCE OF LOVE

Please check out my new book now on sale at Blurb– EVIDENCE OF LOVE ON PLANET EARTH: PHOTOGRAPHS 1978 – 2010 | By Doug Menuez | Category: Arts & Photography | Blurb – our first book from Menuez Archive Projects. An edit of the archive for a show we did to launch and is on the them of love. Don’t we all want to find true love? Edited by famed Picture Editor Karen Mullarkey (Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone). Hope you enjoy. Artist’s statement below…

EVIDENCE OF LOVE ON PLANET EARTH: PHOTOGRAPHS 1978 – 2010

We all want to be loved––it’s built into our DNA. Along with the need for food and shelter, love, or the lack thereof, is clearly the main driving wheel of civilization and the arts. No matter how cool or important you are, how hip your clothing, friends or hang-outs, deep down you want to find and connect with that one person who will make life worth living. You just do.

Some say that every film is a variation on one of only six or seven themes from life. Most of these themes center on  love––the loss of love, the triumph of love, the betrayal and deceit of false lovers, and so on. We need love so badly that we often trivialize that need until it becomes a trite subject, masking the pain of such a profound and crucial component of our human psyches.

These images were pulled from my work going back 30 years and show moments that reflect a fundamental aspect of being alive: the act of loving another human being. Love and lust are intertwined, and there are consequences to both, of course. Selecting photographs around this theme from my archive was a wonderful revelation in that I found I’ve been particularly alert to love in its various manifestations over the years. I guess that makes me a voyeur.

Thursday
20
May 2010
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2 Responses to NEW BOOK: EVIDENCE OF LOVE

  1. Doug,

    Congrats on the book, its looks great.

    I haven’t been breathing for as long as you’ve been shooting these images, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. Your words are so honest and come at such a fitting time for me.
    I have recently discovered what really makes me tick with regards to photography and love is one of those themes. If you find a couple of spare minutes check out the entry titled “live, love and laughter” on my blog: http://www.jeremybeasley.com.au/blog/

    Keep up the great work, and I look forward to reading the book.

    Cheers, Jeremy.

    • admin says:

      Appreciate the comments, and enjoyed reading your blog entry very much and seeing your lovely work. It’s great you are thinking so much about your choices and goals at this stage. I do wish I’d been clearer much younger on where to put my energy but I had no clue. Thanks for the positive feedback!
      Best
      doug

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