the human body is more than a fantasy
Posted by Steve Woolf

Margot Quan Knight is able to achieve an amazingly wide range of reactions in her photographs. At once I'm amused, intrigued, repulsed, and just a tad bit titillated. It's no easy feat to conjure up that many emotions from a viewer. Not to mention that she gets us past the fact that these are all works of digital manipulation, which is so easily a ruinous distraction. Generally her work is fascinating and possesses great depth, and much of it makes me wonder about the story behind the photos.

Plenty more after the jump.

The Taking Care series is by far my favorite among the pieces shown on her site. The only missteps are the ones that go into what seems like a "monster" mode, which takes me too far outside of the context of the photos.

These have a remarkably innocent tone, as if you're seeing a defenseless creature. Really wonderful stuff.

The Fabrica series is just a technically impressive, but the images are not as emotive for me. Here are a couple of my favorites.

And I love the Garden series, as well. Complete fantasy with such a quirky romance going on. She has a real command of the tools she uses.