The image shows Rankin’s wife, Tuuli Shipster – whom he uses as a model whenever he can – holding up a camera over one eye, with shadows falling over the left side of her face so that only a triangular space taking in her eye and half her mouth is lit.A reflected circle of light in the camera lens replaces her right pupil.
There’s nothing more beautiful than to see a woman feel powerful.
I’m not sure that Shipster’s eye make-up, cherry-red lips and swept-back hair locate the picture firmly in the present day: she could easily be off a Duran Duran album cover from 1981… Yes: today, sexed-up images of women are used to sell absolutely everything. But is it supposed to be sexually appealing only to straight men?
which is, coincidentally, only two years after the events of, ahem, Super 8. (That lesbians would also find this image sexy is an accident.) There’s no way this is intended to be taken as an image of a woman filmmaker. This is what filmmakers — male and female — look like behind a camera: So this isn’t a filmmaker.
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