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from the "Taijitu" series. Portrait #4 - Limited Edition of 20


from the "Taijitu" series. Portrait #4 - Limited Edition of 20 Photograph

George Mayer


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The light on the nude female figure symbolizes the Taijitu symbol. Taijitu is a symbol representing the religious and philosophical tradition of Taoism (also called Daoism). The term means a ‘diagram of the supreme ultimate,’ and it refers to the famous Chinese concept of yin and yang, of opposites existing in complete harmony. The Taijitu symbol consists of two (one black and one white) swirling ‘teardrop’ shapes that fit within each other to form a perfect circle. Each figure contains a part of the other so that there is a black dot in the white half of the circle and a white dot in the black portion. These seemingly opposing, but complementary halves make a whole and thus, are incomplete without each other. The dark or shady side represents Yin, and the white or sunny side represents Yang. Yin is associated with femininity, earth, water, moon and nighttime and is considered passive, cold, soft, yielding and wet. Meanwhile, Yang is associated with masculinity, sin, fire, sky, and daytime and is considered aggressive, hot, hard and dry. The white symbolizes delusion and black represents enlightenment. The idea conveyed by the Taijitu symbol is that everything exists in duality, which is the foundational aspect of nature. The concept of good cannot be there without the corresponding concept of bad. Men and women, right and wrong, light and darkness, positive and negative, hot and cold, day and night, and all the other contrasting elements are inter-dependent and cannot exist in isolation. In a way, the swirling motion suggested by the Taijitu symbol also describes the divine circle of life. The world changes constantly and moves forward in distinct cycles, where the day turns into night and the night leads on to another day, every birth ends in death and death leads to rebirth. text:

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Size:15.7 W x 23.6 H x 0 D in

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In 2004 I graduated from the Ural College of Arts and Crafts with honors where I majored in environmental design. Since 2008 I have been taking part in well-known international photo contests. In 2011 I won the Russian photo contest Young Photographers of Russia. The contest projects were exhibited at the international art festival in Marsciano (Italy). In 2011 I was the winner of the photo contest The Spider Awards (USA) where I won Photographer of the Year, Outstanding Achievements in Black-and-White Photography. In 2012 I was a finalist of the contest Young Photographers of Russia after which I was admitted to the Union of Russian Art Photographers. In the same year I was nominated for the award in the photo contest Sony World Photography Awards, the exhibition was held in Somerset House (London, UK). In 2015 with my project “Shadows” I won Photographer of the Year at International Photography Awards. The award ceremony took place in Carnegie Hall (New York, USA). I was nominated for the first prize of IPA and Lucie Awards statuette.   In 2017 I won one of the most prestigious world photography contests «Sony World Photography Awards» where the project «Light. Shadows. Perfect woman.» took the first prize among the professionals in nomination «Portraiture». After winning the project «Light. Shadows. Perfect woman.» was published in numerous specialized European editions about photography. The SONY company gave a grant for the project «Libido & Mortido», the portraits from this project were exhibited in Somerset  House, London. Along with art photography I works in commercial and fashion photography. Since 2009 I have been collaborating with internationally recognized modeling agencies and stylists. Thanks to this my works are regularly published in Russian and foreign fashion magazines. Among the companies that have bought my photos are Adobe, Atlantic Records, Alfa Romeo, Lalique and others. My photographs can be seen on covers of dozens of music CDs by such popular foreign singers as Chris Brown, «Buller for my Valentine», «Operator». And also one can see my photos on books by acknowledged Russian and foreign writers and playwrights. Among them are the Nobel Prize winner in literature Mario Vargas Llosa and the famous French writer Bernard Werber. Some photos were also bought by Netflix for the film «Bright» (2017) starring Will Smith and some photos were bought by the MGM Television for the cult-favourite series «Fargo».

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