Our blog of the week is The Quiet Front, a celebration of the beauty of the female form, founded by South African Lawrence van Niekerk. We speak to Lawrence about the inspiration behind the site.
WHEN DID YOU START THE QUIET FRONT?
I wanted to start about three years ago but the economy tanked and I took a job working on a construction site in Swaziland. It got to the point where I had to start it to be creative or go nuts in the bush. About a year ago the cell-phone towers across the border in South Africa were upgraded so every evening I would drive down to the border gate to get a strong enough signal to build my site. I finally quit my job and moved back to Cape Town three weeks ago to concentrate on it full time.
WHY DID YOU START IT?
Because I like naked girls; it’s not that complicated!
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR IMAGES?
I have been collecting for a long time. If I find an uncredited image, I always try to find the artist who made it; from there it’s mostly Google. Once I’ve found a great blog, I’ll follow it. I also try to keep track of my favorite artists.
WHAT DOES AN IMAGE HAVE TO DO TO CATCH YOUR EYE AND MAKE IT ONTO THE SITE?
I don’t actually know. I think my favorite images are the ones where you feel like your looking through the photographer’s eye. If they are moved by what they shoot then it has a better chance of moving me. The thing I don’t like is when photographers try to create something for their audience – I don’t want to see what you think I want to see; I want to see the things that you’re obsessed with.
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE ARTS?
I’ve always created art – painting mostly. It’s just the way my brain is wired. Life sometimes gets in the way but right now I’m rolling the dice; going all in.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO MOVE INTO PHOTOGRAPHY YOURSELF?
WHAT DO YOU FIND INSPIRING?
I’ve always been interested in nakedness; the revelation of the self. I like that space between hidden and revealed.
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
I want to create the images in my head; they’ve been locked in there for too long.