Iringó Demeter’s faceless nudes invite us to see the body as metaphor, landscape, domicile and habitat
Hailing from a tiny Transylvanian village of just 200 people, London-based photographer Iringó Demeter remembers growing up surrounded by nature and animals. “It was very lonely but that pushed me to observe and question everything around me,” Demeter tells AnOther. “I relate to being an observer: looking at things as they happen, listening to them, and wondering why they are that way. A piece of grass blowing in the wind – there is so much beauty and so much quietness about it.”
Demeter’s fascination with nature serves her well in the creation of a series of female nudes brought together in the new book She Is Warm (Libraryman). Included as number 12 of the publisher’s quarterly Seasons Series, which draws inspiration from Kim Ki-duk’s seminal film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring, the book showcases Demeter’s original perspective on the nude, one rooted in the idea that our bodies are our first home.
Over the past four years, Demeter has amassed a collection of works crafted from what could be described as “slow” photography. “I would never carry a camera,” she says. “I look at all of these things, then maybe a day or a year later I photograph a body and think back on that experience. I work with single images. I always say that if I take away one good image, I am happy. I don’t have expectations that every it has to be good – no, that’s way too much pressure. I focus on single images and when I have it, I’m like this is great!”
A self-confessed introvert, Demeter speaks softly with a lilting accent, her words as carefully considered as her approach to photography. When asked to provide a title for the book, Demeter thought about photo sitting with her mother as subject, recalling, “I remember her being so cold – and I was like that’s the title: She Is Warm. I was thinking about the people I photographed and what they mean to me – their presence, their words, and the effect they have on me.”
Original publication 25 March, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 12th April 2021
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