This intriguing set was my introduction to French photographer Dany Desneux, from the Paris suburb of Suresnes (Boulevard Aristide Briand, to be precise). She has an intimate Facebook account here, with silly self-portraits and all the usual personal stuff, but the bulk of her work is on a different account, L’Oeil de Dany, with an image link below. She doesn’t come from the fulsome school of female photographers, with lots of “love this girl!” gushing: she’s a serious art photographer with girls’ portraits and treatments as one of her predominant themes – tho’ she isn’t ashamed to slip in the occasional wedding.
This next set gives you a good idea of how she can achieve the difficult attractive/thought-provoking combination:
This set she calls “La Bohème”:
The “Danywendy” moniker is the one she uses on 500px and Flickr (image-link below), but I haven’t seen an explanation why she uses it. Here’s a mini-bio:
“Born in 1975, Dany Desneux is a French photographer.
This specialist in childhood is fascinated by the beauty and sensuality of this age of life. Dany Desneux sees herself as an instinctive photographer, a quality that she undoubtedly shares with her young models, girls and boys.
Most of the time, these are her own children with whom she invents situations, disguises in complete freedom on both sides. It is enough, she says, to be reactive to children who play the game with sincerity and take you away because, as everyone knows, the truth comes out of the mouths of children.” (Artsper.com)
….interesting that the models are sometimes her own children – she does use a couple of them quite often – as in the “La Bohème” set – here’s another example, but with a different girl:
….and two featuring plaits:
…..daughters or not, she has some lovely models, as always in a variety of imaginative treatments – the models in fact often being the only unifying elements in the portraits:
…..and some longer shots:
She really has no one set style, and clearly prefers the chance to experiment over a recognisable Desneux “brand” – as in Magda Berny for example – happily switching from b&w to colour, ‘shopped to in-camera, heavily posed and composed to “au naturel”: all-in-all a refreshingly unpredictable artist. To finish, here’s a set that has at least one unifying element: a gorgeous red dress – and I’ll bet that’s a daughter wearing it, too: