Physiognomy has never proven to be more than pseudoscientific at best, but still there’s plenty written in faces. Staring into someone’s eyes to get a sense of what they’re feeling isn’t just a romantic cliche, it’s a psychological reality: reading faces is the most innate form of cartography, even if we sometimes misread the map and take a wrong turn.
That’s why seeing a body without seeing the face that goes with it feels not only voyeuristic but incomplete – surreal, almost. Consciously or not, we’re searching for what isn’t there and our brain wants to know more.
That’s part of what makes Anna Vatheuer’s shoot for issue 14 of Bambi Magazine so intriguing to look at. In 4 of the 6 shots we glimpse a torso – a beautiful, toned, lingerie clad torso that should leave our eyes feasted and fulfilled. But instead the shots draw us on and the viewing isn’t complete except when all of model Daniela is revealed.
And so the images featuring anonymous body parts are rather the more captivating – perhaps even more than the suggestiveness of Daniela scantily clad and leaning against a bedroom doorway, a suggestiveness blatantly defying the wall of religious icons next to which she stands. Either way, anonoymous or not, what we’re being given a voyeur’s view into is something highly sensual. More of Vatheuer’s shoot can be found at the gallery, and do check out bambimagazine.com for the full issue.