photo story/ borghese hermaphroditus


The Louvre was enormous and impossible to navigate. My brother held the map and led us to the main attractions: The Mona Lisa, St. Mary Magdalene, Venus de Milo. We passed Sleeping Hermaphroditos by mistake. The mattress, carved by Bernini, looks anything but stone-like. You want to touch it. You want to confirm its hardness. The figure- eyes closed, blankets mussed, unapologetically nude- is tranquil and calm. It’s like a photograph come to life. I could have looked at it for hours.

early September 2009, Borghese Hermaphroditus at the Louvre

taken with a Minolta X-700 and 50mm lens, color film. 

exposure unknown.

photograph taken in Paris, France. 


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