Loretta Lux’s Rose Garden

Loretta Lux’s Rose Garden

Loretta Lux, The Rose Garden, 2001, dye-bleach print.

Loretta Lux, The Rose Garden, 2001, dye-bleach print.


Her gaze at a faraway place, Loretta Lux’s model stands with a quiet confidence. What could be going on in that little four-year-olds mind?

It is amazing that Loretta Lux, the formerly trained painter and now photographer, could elicit that particular expression in a child. It is an expression of melancholic contemplation and jaded disillusionment. This seems a tad too heavy for a child to handle. However, that is the beauty and surrealism of this portrait. We are staring at a child, with the serenity and tranquility of an adult, who has been through a lot in life and come out of it, scathed but ready to move on; the wind blows through her hair as she stands like a royalty, a princess of her own garden.

The fashion is another aspect worth mentioning here. I could not help noticing that tiny emerald green A-line skirt, a vintage 70s clothing piece from Lux’s mother. It is tastefully adorned with a simple gold buckle that is befitting of the skirt. This is further topped with a vintage blouse from the same era where the green of the skirt is echoed in its trimmings and linings. Like the artist’s aim for perfection, the clothes are ironed perfectly crease-free. However, it is a wholesome balance between perfection and flaws. If the image is all of perfection, Emily (the girl’s name) would lack character or personality. Therefore, the bruise remains on her left leg (and is not photoshopped away) and her hair is given a tousled, wind-swept look. Even the garden, is not to be made completely symmetrical. An overall symmetrical composition is enough but there has to be a little spillage of leaves and soil in the right lane. In Lorreta Lux’s Rose Garden, some flaws can be afforded.

And that is the beauty of childhood.

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Copyright © 2014 Liau Shu Juan.

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