So…

January 15th, 2009 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

I’ve been told i need to update my blog.   Of course i choose to do so when im in the middle of trying to get some writing work done on my scary-ass BA thesis, which is refusing to let itself be written without a fight.

If all the stuff i write on a daily basis- msn, emails, comments on facebook-  could somehow be mashed together into a BA thesis,  i would be ever so happy.   I seem to have some sortof ailment which makes it almost painful for me to write anything i HAVE to write,  even if its about something i’m interested in (i’m focusing on my selfportraits and the role of the internet for up and coming artists,  which I actually find to be a very valid and necessary topic to discuss)

I think I think too much.

So anyway, I’m featured in Playboy Spain (as the picture above is intended to illustrate), been having some mixed feelings about that.  After i agreed to answer the interview questions and send them some pictures, sometime in August, I had a severe anxiety attack, that now i’d completely fucked up,  who’d ever take me seriously after a mention in Playboy?    Now i’m rather tickled by the whole thing, seeing as i’m probably the first icelandic woman to be featured in any version of playboy without at least showing some nipples ..    And there ARE all those men that read it for the articles, right?

However, that cover pisses me off more each time i look at it.  Either Hef should get naked, to fit in, because the gals look really awkward in their utter nakedness,  or they should just wear bikinis or something.  I mean, if you’re naked, you’re not fooling anyone by putting your arm over your boobs..  and if you’re not going to show your boobs anyway,  wear a fucking bikini to free your arms from that awkward “hiding-my-boobs” pose.

but hey, maybe that’s just me.

Next update, i’m going to write something awesome.  I’ll try to do so sooner than April ;)

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Congratulations. I will go to buy the magazine. Greetings from Barcelona!

Felicitaciones. Iré a comprar la revista. Saludos desde Barcelona!

Yeah, suuuure there are LOTS of men who read it for the articles =D

Well, congrats anyway.. most people buy it for the images.. this time they get to see some good images atleast =D

Well said!

Playboy is not who you are. It is just a way for more people to see your photography. Your work could be presented anywhere and people will see the meaning of who your work.
Try to write your thoughts as notes during the day. Then when you get up in the morning before anything else start to put it all together. I think it could help the thoughts flow without stress. If you put the thoughts down of who you and what your photography means your, paper will be hopefully one the best I will ever read.

I don’t think you should worry about people not taking you seriously because you’ve now been published in Playboy. I agree I’m not a fan of the magazine and the image and ideal that Hugh Hefner portrays, however as 2light has pointed out, it is exposure and it is a widely “read” magazine. And as you have pointed out, it is fantastic to see your spread be included without any nudity. I think it says a lot about your work that they consider it of high enough quality to include it even though it is quite different from their standard imagery and does not include nudity.

Also remember you’re in good company, given Playboy interviewees over the decades have included Martin Luther King Jr; Malcolm X; Jimmy Carter and John Lennon & Yoko Ono.

I look forward to seeing the spread of Miss Aniela’s work too :o )

zyrconium wrote on January 16th, 2009

There is now such thing as bad publicity :) .
I admire your work. You are an inspiration to many.

So, “Playboy” eh?

Seems to me that this magazin has published his first noteworthy article… ;) …even so I won´t by it anyway ´cause I know your pictured photos already too well.

I´m curious to see some new photo projects on your part, maybe if you passed your BA thesis and are more clear-headed for all that stuff then.

And…Gee, damn I´m looking forward to get my sweater in the future – can´t hardly wait! =)

hmm, are you telling me, there are articles in playboy? dang, I never noticed them ;) (hehe just kidding).. Great work! You should be proud no matter where it’s published !

You have just entered history as that beautiful woman photographer who didn’t take her clothes off to appear in Playboy.

I hope my kids (or grand-kids) will benefit from a Rebekka scholarship so, please try to finish your BA thesis :)

Congrats, and best regards from Romania.

i’ll break down the whole bikini/arm-over thing for ya… with a bikini there’s very little chance of actually any full on nudity, but with an arm, all it takes is a strong gust of wind and blamo or having to catch a ball tossed in your direction to reveal all… it’s all about putting the potential of that into the male psyche that makes it hotter… we men are simple.

Agree with the “no such thing as bad publicity” comment.

A side note, I seem to recall a few “awkward “hiding-my-boobs” poses” in your flickr stream in years gone by?

Don`t worry. I’ m sure there are lots of people which take you seriously. Specially with your outstanding pictures.

Cheers from Spain

Congratulations. Don’t worry about not being taken seriously after mentioning at Playboy. I bet everyone secretly dreams about being there.

Are you still making sweaters? I sent an email before Christmas and did not hear anything back.

@Karl: yes, and having done such things in years gone by, (the emphasis being on the past tense) , i’m in an even better position to criticize and ridicule, as my own such photos evoke the same response in me ;)

I’d like to be part of Hefs little harem, free exotic cars!

Congratulations on the exposure :o )

Rebekka: I believe you’re over-rationalizing this. (Now, watch me do the same.) In my many years acquaintance with “professional” photographers (let’s get that qualifier understood) I’ve yet to meet one who wouldn’t have done anything short of strip-bare on Times Square, at high noon (with two weeks advanced notice to gather a crowd) for so much as a mention, never mind a featured article, in Playboy. Apart from any reticence you may have, and frankly it’s a bit late for that, for hitching your star to this publication, it will not have been the “readership”, wankers, or wealthy old lawyers offering marriage proposals that mattered. Rather – believe it or not – it will be all those (and they’re legion) art directors, ad men, Asian electronics corporations etc who will be vying to exploit the next flavor-of-the-week, should they perceive that you. Whether you choose to sell, compromise, or keep your soul, that decision – and responsibility to maintain ones integrity – will fall squarely on your shoulders; regardless of whomever “they” envision you successor to, or the “next” whatever that is currently in vogue. As you yourself have pointed out often enough, there are many at least as talented as you. So, why then you? Because, aside from your ever-growing popularity on social networking sites, you’ve caught the popular imagination of those who can make things happen for you – if you let them. That’s as serious as a train wreck and nothing personal; just business. And just think, you don’t even have to go nude on Broadway or in Barcelona – though they’d love it if you did – to make it happen. (Speaking of which: I better close my coat. Here comes a policeman.)

LOL! I think it’s pretty cool to be featured with an article like that in a mag like Playboy:-)

Hef — naked? — at his age? Some things are best left not done!

Playboy is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Their magazine covers are incredibly formulaic in the manner of marketing employed. Yet, in many segments of its history Playboy has been a compelling magazine trapped in a frat-boy’s persona.

The naked women may sell the magazines, but a lot of wonderful material has graced the “filler” pages between the pictorials. Playboy pretty much created LeRoy Neiman’s art career. Countless journalists and authors have written for Playboy such as David Halberstam, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke and even Shel Silverstein. Not to mention all of the interviews that included great political figures (Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were both interviewed by Alex Haley). Herb Ritts even photographed some shoots for Playboy.

Consider yourself among some impressive company.

Yeah, their articles are so great and oriented for the intellectual upper crust that they need a boobs to sell the magazine to the general public.

Congrats anyway, it’s not that this will bring you much more than extra comments (maybe some hot ones), but still a good thing.

Playboy is known for exemplifying, exploiting, and overall worshipping women. Seeing as that your work fell somewhere along those lines is not a bad thing. I’ve seen sexier pictures in your photos than in Playboy. They should call you and ask you to do some of their work.

I work for a TV Network and we sell crappy pop Victoria Fuller artwork (among many, many, other artists) and she comes in all the time to hawk her stuff. She’s incredibly nice, and (of course she used to be a playboy playmate, however) she always says over and over again that she took full advantage of the opportunities presented to her through Playboy. She is currently one of the few pop artists out there still peddling her work. So the way I see it, it may not be an esteemed magazine as of yet, but it will be some day, and you can say wow, I have exhibited my work to both sides of the gamut. Your work speaks in great volumes to the other stuff in that magazine, you should be proud people are ogling your work and not your breasts.

You know, if it makes you feel any better William Burroughs got his start writing small snippets for the New Yorker and other esteemed Magazines. He downward spiraled to writing garbled stuff (Naked Lunch he supposedly wrote the whole manuscript out, cut it up into mixed up paragraphs and glued it back together), geeking off heroine, and sexually exploiting women, men, and children…as well as shot his wife in the head playing William Tell – true story. He’s still a pioneer by most standards (I actually love his work), but his path was a bit backwards…I guess I’m saying you could always, always, always go backwards.

By you “doing work for them” I meant take some more meaningful pictures for them, not you posing for them…

hehe. If they paid me well i’d totally do a photoshoot for playboy. and i wouldn’t allow any of the models to pose like they’re doing on the cover.

haha. glad to see you finally updated yo blog. sorry for gettin on your ass about it. congrats though! although i would agree with you that the cover is stupid, i would continue to be tickled… excited… etc. that publicity is HUGE. very happy for you.

Nantonos wrote on January 22nd, 2009

Groundbreaking. Not only is it great photography, being exposed to a wider readership. But also it cuts straight through the “photographer: overweight middle aged man” vs “model: pretty, female, plastic, vacuous” by presenting “photographer: talented, thoughtful, female, attractive, clothed”. Who knows you might loosen some stereotypes in the general readership as well.

That’s a pretty cool layout irrespective of the journal it’s printed in – a gigs a gig, especially if they came to you, rather than you pitching an idea to a publication. Did they pay you though that’s the main thing – 4x4s don’t run too well on artistic integrity.

I reckon Heff must find it difficult to disrobe these days – he’s taken so many blue pills his extremities are probably permanently tumescent – what you see in that cover shot is rigor mortis without the mortis.

Congrats! It’s great to see your work getting more attention. Of all the nudy magazines, Playboy, seems the most tasteful (at least here in the US).

So did they just contact you out of the blue, or do you have an agent, or is self promotion part of what they teach you in school?

I hope everything is going for you and your family with all the national problems your country is having.
Take care.

They just contacted me, i suppose it comes from having had a relatively high-profile online existence, mostly thanks to flickr, the last few years.
I don’t have an agent.

Self-promotion is the LAST thing they teach us at my school, the importance of which i’ve been very much aware of nonetheless..

Nikographer [Jon] wrote on January 29th, 2009

Congrats! Pretty cool thing. Continued Success!

FranzK1 wrote on January 30th, 2009

So…how do you feel about this?

Iceland to be fast-tracked into the EU
Plan for cash-strapped state to become member by 2011
Ian Traynor in Brussels, additional reporting by Valur Gunnarsson in Reykjavik
The Guardian, Friday 30 January 2009

Iceland will be put on a fast track to joining the European Union to rescue the small Arctic state from financial collapse amid rising expectations that it will apply for membership within months, senior policy-makers in Brussels and Reykjavik have told the Guardian.

Ian Traynor on fast-tracking Iceland into the EU and the euro Link to this audio The European commission is preparing itself for a membership bid, depending on the outcome of a snap general election expected in May. An application would be viewed very favourably in Brussels and the negotiations, which normally take many years, would be fast-forwarded to make Iceland the EU’s 29th member in record time, probably in 2011.

Hef has taken so much Viagra that his entire lower body is now stiff, that is why he is standing in the photo. They actually have to wheel him out on a dolly these days in a few more years they are just going to stand him in a park for pigeons and tourists.

Also it seems the older Hef gets the more women they surround him with in pictures. Pretty soon it will be like Where’s Waldo.

It is free advertising for you but if that advertising attracts teenage boys or someone else who knows.

Hi Rebekka,

Completely mesmerised by your images.The art and poetry makes me totally still in its silence.

i loves your drawings as well. You ve got the light, the space and the perspective…and you ‘re standing just in the middle like an invisible wing.
j

Voilà ce qu’on peut faire quand on se rebiffe et je le conseille à chacun qui peut avoir des ennuis avec ce gros connard de sarkozy ou sa clique de clowns de flics minables : je suis en train de régler un petit problème du genre détail avec cette grosse tache de si peu président de la république Française, en lui envoyant un avocat pour mises sous surveillance illégales, lynchage et plagiat. Avis à la population et merci pour l espace d’expression. Voilà, ceci est également une tentative de gros scandale public parce que ça calme pas mal les gros connards.

Hello there!!!

Well, fist of all, I’m from México, I’m an amateur photographer, trying to be a good one, hehe. A friend and I find your work in a page that was recommending 20 photographers, and we liked a lot your work, so much, that, in our photograph class we goint to talk about you.

Just to say, We love very much your work, specially your self-portraits, are very unique, and I am sure that the whole class will do as well.

Take care!

Just listened to your interview you gave on the podcast – can’t wait for part 2.
You mention wedding photography is not your thing – have you ever considered “trash the dress” as an alternative? I think you’d be wonderful as it’s more creative and less pressurising on the photographer.

This is the “Trash the dress” stalwart:
http://www.altf.com/

Yikes! The cover image is indeed cringe-inducing. I hate the “cover your boobs with your arms” look almost as much as I hate the airbrushing out of moles and freak hairs. It’s all so plastic!
Quote: “I seem to have some sortof ailment which makes it almost painful for me to write anything i HAVE to write”
I’m the same, but not just with writing. If there’s anything I HAVE to do, I’ll find an excuse to do something else. I’ll find myself playing Freecell when I have a train to catch for example.
Maybe you do your best work when the deadline is approaching. There’s nothing like pouring strong coffee down your throat and pulling an all-nighter or two in order to meet an assignment deadline. The added pressure can help you focus. Many of the greatest painters and musicians would work strange hours, and create their best work when their bodies were exhausted and their minds were “out there”. I wouldn’t really recommend that method of doing college work, but if that’s the way your body works, just go with the flow. The thesis will turn out fine.

Hi there from Spain, I saw your photos on flickr, some nice work, don’t worry about anything, publishing is ok!, next time, may be you can choose another model for your photos,..I think the star here are you not your photos, perhaps it’s OK for you, I don’t know…

Rebekka….
Your Work is great…I have been trying myself to find a place to fit with my image and for some time now I have been trying to please others with how I show and process my image, after hearing your interview on Twip and thinking to my self what is this women all about, I took a look at you stream on Flickr and like everone that see’s your work I was impressed by what I saw, I dont think I could see one image that I did not like, so many left me with questions on how the hell…..but from viewing your work I have been left with a felling that any image I do will be what I want to do. I have so many questions that I could ask….If I was able I would like to share a beer and see what you see and try and understand what drives you to do produce such great art as you do…..

p.s…how do you find the time from what I can see you are so busy….

Voilà ce qu’on peut faire quand on se rebiffe et je le conseille à chacun qui peut avoir des ennuis avec ce gros connard de sarkozy ou sa clique de clowns de flics minables : je suis en train de régler un petit problème du genre détail avec cette grosse tache de si peu président de la république Française, en lui envoyant un avocat pour mises sous surveillance illégales, lynchage inspiré de bonnes vieilles méthodes qui ne déplairaient pas au ku ku klan, lynchage qui n’a mobilisé personne sur le web ou dans la presse et plagiat vulgaire et ridicule qui passe à la télé. Avis à la population et merci pour l espace d’expression. Voilà, ceci est également une tentative de gros scandale public parce que ça calme pas mal les gros connards.
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Quant a sarkozy, s’il n’aime pas le web, et s’il n’aime pas la rue qui sait, la preuve, très bien se défendre, qu’il la quitte !

Hi Rebecca,
Just read this article on Iceland and its economy on Vanity Fair.
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/04/iceland200904
I’m curious to know what you make of it.

(You are the only Icelander I know, even if it’s only on the net!)

FranzK1 wrote on March 22nd, 2009

Reba hi, dunno if you’re interested but there’s one of your pix in Seven, which is a mag inside today’s Sunday Telegraph. It’s at page 19

I hope you update your blog soon. I want to hear more about your dolls project. Personally I find dolls a bit too creepy (I was more of a teddy boy, haha!) but the series you’ve put up on your website is truly awesome. They shouldn’t just be in a local gallery or something – they should be in an exhibition that tours the world. This work isn’t just better than anything on flickr, it’s up there with the world’s greatest photographers. Seriously. You need an agent.

Voilà ce qu’on peut faire quand on se rebiffe et je le conseille à chacun qui peut avoir des ennuis avec ce gros connard de sarkozy ou sa clique de clowns de flics minables : je suis en train de régler un petit problème du genre détail avec cette grosse tache de si peu président de la république Française, en lui envoyant un avocat pour mises sous surveillance illégales, lynchage et plagiat. Avis à la population et merci pour l espace d’expression. Voilà, ceci est également une tentative de gros scandale public parce que ça calme pas mal les gros connards.

Voilà ce qu’on peut faire quand on se rebiffe et je le conseille à chacun qui peut avoir des ennuis avec ce gros connard de sarkozy ou sa clique de clowns de flics minables : je suis en train de régler un petit problème du genre détail avec cette grosse tache de si peu président de la république Française, en lui envoyant un avocat pour mises sous surveillance illégales, lynchage inspiré de bonnes vieilles méthodes qui ne déplairaient pas au ku klux klan, lynchage qui n’a mobilisé personne sur le web ou dans la presse et plagiat vulgaire et ridicule qui passe à la télé. Avis à la population et merci pour l espace d’expression. Voilà, ceci est également une tentative de gros scandale public parce que ça calme pas mal les gros connards.
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Frank H. wrote on April 5th, 2009

Remember the painting by René Margritte: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”.

Best regards,
Frank

COngratulations! Hef naked. Maybe covering his…eyes….something.
Love your work. Your inspire me to get back to just exploration and photographing, writing, painting the little bits of loveliness that go by so quickly. Danke.

Carl Fry wrote on April 16th, 2009

Congats on your Playboy input, it might give the people that read it, something else to think about..
Good on you.
Regards
Carl

I keep coming back to your blog hoping something new will magically appear, but alas…

Update your blog. :P

Cocorastuti wrote on May 4th, 2009

Rebekka: you are an extraordinary artist. Playboy is a mediocre magazine based on flesh and nonsenses. Think on you, not in merchandise detritus.

Your selfportraits are original, gorgeous and very beautiful because YOU are a very beautiful icelandic girl. Your merit is on your skin and your mind.
Excuse my english.

Congratulations from Rio Cuarto (Fourth River), Cordoba, Argentina

Carlos.

07:09 p.m. (argentine hour) 04/05/09

You should think about how you deal with critique as well…

you should think about how rude you are, and if you really think i HAVE to listen to your oppinions. please stop commenting or sending messages. blocking you on flickr should be hint enough. We do not see eye to eye, so just move on and stop bugging me. life is too short for online arguments.

@Arty and Dusty: im posting a new blog tomorrow , yay! (promise)

I don’t know how you can see my comments as rude, all I do is give you some positive critique.
It looks like you can’t stand the slightest little comment that don’t raise you on a pedestal and you attack people when they don’t worship you as a goddess.
I see my self as a nice person and you can wonder why I bother to come back to see if you cared to respond… Yes… I can’t let this go because you hurt my feelings!
But I shall try to move on and forget about you, have a nice life on your pedestal…

No new blog yet, but at least the page has had a lick of paint! :)

@ Arty: i know, i know. I really am a distracted individual these days. But yeah, a change of appearance is at least a step in teh right direction.. plus i’ve at least been posting a bit more on flickr for a change ;)

I guess its a real achievement to actually get noticed in a magazine like that for your talent behind the camera as opposed to in front of it!!

Rebekka, I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds the whole “naked-but-covering-my-boobs-with-my-hands” thing a bit weird. American sensibilities perhaps? Dunno. Weird anyway.

You are the best, your job is very creative

by one Italian man.

i agree with cosmin. you are an inspiration to women who want to be taken seriously for their work, and being noticed by playboy is not your fault;) you are reaching a new crowd while still being who you are are.

your work is spectacular; it inspired me to take my photos from hobby to work (the good kind of work).

j

Hola, it was so surprising to see this note, you on PB? nothing to say about, i just like your art… me being a biologist… i love the way you express your self.

Keep up the great job!

Saludos

The “naked-but-covering-my-boobs-with-my-hands” thing is most certainly artisticly distracting. But it is not a uniquely “American” phenomenon. There are some otherwise very talented women on Flickr from places like Britan and the Netherlands who have resorted to the same strained poses. Obviously the decision to go “full nude” or “implied nude” is one that an artist working in self-portraiture has the right to make on his or her own. But there is no way to avoid the contrived look of an oddly placed arm or hand covering a nipple. I think your latest post (mid-November ’09) with the sheer cloth that preveals a nearly bare breast and erect nipple is a much more powerful means of presenting a “less-than-full-nude” image. While the decision is entirely yours and no one should question your decision, I hope someday you will decide to present your beautiful form in its unfiltered splendor.

As an addendum, the last image in the “self-portraits” section of your website with one figure on the left turning her back to the bare figure to the right reveals you have perfectly beautiful nipples that you are not completely adverse to displaying. I did not want to suggest that you had never chosen to incorporate that lovely part of you in any image.

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