Photo du Jour: Lipstick Stains


Identity is in the details. Inspired by Irving Penn‘s cigarette series, photographer Joanna Ference collects cigarette butts from female friends and strangers, documenting them with candid intimacy in Lipstick Stains. The cigarettes act not only as still lifes, but portrait studies of their owners, each vivid color and smear acting as clues to the femme fatale behind the smoke. Through the series, Ference explores phallic symbolism when captured in a girlish motif. This particular image includes castaways from the streets of Philadelphia and the work is currently ongoing.

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