WARNING: BOOK CONTAINS SEXUAL IMAGES THAT MAY OFFEND SOME PEOPLE
Purity is a catalogue of Brooker’s practice as a fine art photographer over the past twenty-five years and is a fascinating insight into counter culture and alternative sexuality in Sydney in the 1990s.
Purity demonstrates that sexuality is about personal choices and possibilities.
Brooker photography takes sexual taboo and transforms it into spirituality and sensuality. Her images convey the belief that good sex promotes freedom within and a sense of exhilaration and this is evident in her style and pursuit of Purity.
Brooker talks with a sense of delicacy about the sensitivity of
sex, of a strange fragility that is evoked in her work.
When describing her practice, there is a feeling of negotiating boundaries and the risk of falling over the edge into a dark place, but instead these images teeter precariously at the precipice, a determined and unsettling wedge splitting our sense of the acceptable.
Brooker describes Purity as a love story. It is an exploration of one woman’s journey in life yet on a grander scale; it reflects and informs a whole generation about the changing face of sexuality in the 21st century.
by Lorretta Swindale
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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the book contains images of people who are now deceased.
Cathie Brooker is a creative photographer who loves photographing people and animals in a witty, symbolic and artistic style. She has had twenty-five years experience in photography with magazine, corporate and private clients. She has an art background which flavours her work and makes it unforgetable and unique. Cathie Brooker has had seven solo exhibitions and over sixty group shows in Australia. Purity is a retrospective book of over 25 years work. Magazine work: 1990-1998 Australian Women's Forum. Body Talk, Monthly from Aug 92, Features, Male Centre Folds Television Appearances 1994 Dr Feel Good, Channel 7, Body Talk 1996 Sex Life, Channel 10, Undressing Dolly Volunteer work: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Press Operations (Photography) Gymnastics Wedding photography: 1995 Marcia Hines
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