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Name: Kat
Age: 25
Fact: Wife & crazy cat lady.

The working title for this series, The Madonna and the Whore, came from the widely used definition of the Madonna-Whore Complex, which is used when referring to men who view women as two distinct and separate personas, that of saint and sinner, or of mother and whore. The myth is that these men want Traci Lords in the bedroom and Delia Smith in the kitchen. Western psychology talks of how when men (who cheat) cannot combine sex and love in one relationship, they may split their love according to the Madonna-Whore Complex. As Freud wrote, 'Where they love they cannot desire; where they desire they cannot love.'

However, this series doesn't concentrate on men and their complexes, hence I have now settled on a new name. I wanted to show that these roles are not something imposed on us but something within us. Hence if you smile while doing the washing it might mean you're thinking of something that makes you happy - are happy. Not conforming to some role given to you nor trying to fight against it. You're just being you. Every woman has these roles (and many more) within themselves and there's nothing wrong in exploring them. I also wanted the pictures to look staged, so it detaches you from the woman in question and makes you think it could be anyone.

Lastly, I was interested in recording a certain moment in time for the women, that period of their lives frozen in two frames. This project is still ongoing.

Duality - 1 - Mirka
Duality - 2 - Jenni
Duality - 3 - Päivi
Duality - 4 - Eveliina
Duality - 5 - Riina
Duality - 6 - Miriam
Duality - 7 - Susanna
Duality - 8 - Helmi
Duality - 9 - Kata
Duality - 10 - Anni
Duality - 11 - Johanna
Duality - 12 - Jonna
Duality - 13 - Aysegul
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1cookiesNcream1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Am I the only one reminded of Just be friends by Luka Megurine in the first picture?
Lovely photos :) Keep up with the wonderful photography
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epiphany Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I really love these! The pops of color are amazing. The bedroom that you used is just perfect with her hair color and skin tone. The only thing that bothers me (which really isn't your fault) is the blank stare in the bedroom photo. The second is so vibrant even her expression... but in the second one she just looks bored.

I always love looking at your work :)
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mnoo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
It is my fault since it's completely intentional. :)
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epiphany Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
ah ok then! Either way it's flippin great :D
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Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this fabulous piece of your work @ [link]
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flaery Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how she's having fun in the one and dreaming in the other.
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mynameisjade Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
I love the angel wings above her on the left. It gives a sense of purity.
This kinda reminds me of a book I just finished: Female Chauvinist Pigs... you might find it interesting. :)
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mnoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hmm might have to look that up. Thanks. :)
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IvanHajduk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
VERY FUN SERIE :D
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ImperfectAngel88 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Oi! You haven't added to this series in a while. Always loved this series. Awesome shot once again =)
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mnoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
I know. Don't have much time for personal work at the moment. Sucks. :nod:
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ImperfectAngel88 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Aw, bummer. Well I am glad you got to squeeze this in =)
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AutumnSplendor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
oh my god I want that hair!!!!
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ipissglitter Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
i've been curious, where do you find all these women? people you know, strangers, craigslist?
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mnoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
It's a mix. Some are friends or people I know of and then ask if they were interested. Some have contacted me wanting to be in it.
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ipissglitter Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
ahah! well, if you're ever in san francisco!
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fallingSarah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's bubble gum deliciousness meets psychology. I love it! Great idea to showcase and you captured it with fun and sparkle!
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mnoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much. :D
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love how the random littering of pink adds such punch and pizazz to both frames. The wings on the wall and how they offer continuation to the soft plushness of the sheets is what really gets to me :heart:
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mnoo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hello lady. :aww: Thank you for your thoughts, always love your comments. :blowkiss:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Hope you've been well.
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