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The digital photography of Natacha Merritt

The poet Thom Gunn once wrote of a potential sexual utopia, a site of "ecstatic commonplace." For most of us, that place will most likely remain in our fantasies or, with enough determination, our art.

Meanwhile there’s Natacha Merritt.

The San Francisco native is a 22-year-old photographer who has taken measure of her life since her teen years with digital cameras, starting with dreamy fashion-style semi-nudes. Her fantasies and technology took off soon afterward. "All my thoughts and feelings," she writes in the shrinkwrapped, silvery-blue bedside-table fetish object, Digital Diaries, "I used to write them down. As soon as I had a camera, I stopped writing and recorded my thoughts and feelings with photographs. My life has become a bunch of digital photos ..."


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