Amanda Charchian’s Pheromone Hotbox: A Tribute To The Creative Female Spirit


Amanda Charchian has just released her first monograph, titled Pheromone Hotbox. The project started in 2012, in Costa Rica, where she began photographing the two women she was traveling with and found herself, “fascinated with capturing the nude female form in surreal landscapes.” Pheromone Hotbox took her all around the world, from Iceland to Costa Rica to Corsica and beyond.

Charchian is a photographer, musician, painter, and sculptor. She seems to never be limited by genre and medium, allowing inspiration and influence to beautifully flow from cup to cup, project to project. And it shows here in her attention the architecture of nature and her use of the female form. It results in a collection of work that feels like a reclamation of nude photography.

The images are all vastly different and yet follow the same set of rules: a contemporary female artist, in a landscape foreign to said artist, and nude. This magic creates a meditation on the intimate relationship of photographer and subject, and a conversation between subject and landscape. The images are complimented by a series of “spells” written in as a collaboration by Lola Rose Thompson. And the overall effect proves her title to be an exact use of language.

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A Midweek Meditation On Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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