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Photographer Snapped Photos During Dates with Married Men

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For her peculiar photo project titled “Married Men,” London-based photographer and lecturer Natasha Caruana spent a year going on dates… with married men. She ended up going on 80 dates with men found through a dating website geared towards people looking to have affairs. At each meeting, Caruana used a disposable camera and a digital recorder hidden inside a small red purse to snap photographs and record the conversation. The images were all captured without the mens’ permissions, but do not reveal identities; the faces are carefully omitted from the frame. Caruana limited herself to a few pictures per encounter to avoid arousing suspicion.

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art curator Alistair Robinson writes,

Caruana asks why the ‘dates’ are willing to put their legally binding relationships at risk, as well as what an artist’s ethical responsibilities should be. […] Caruana’s work also asks what the ethics and politics of a ‘documentary’ mode of working are assumed to be […]

The artist asks us to behave like a detective when looking at each photograph, searching for clues about the situations. In one, a man pays for a meal in cash- so that no evidence is left for his wife to discover, an old battered table in a tired pub suggests the ‘date’ has little concept of romance. In a third, which looks like a domestic setting, 1970’s style pineapple rings adorn the artist’s plate of food. The photographs were taken on a cheap disposable camera rather than professional equipment, so all the images are intentionally grainy and loosely composed, but each has been carefully printed by hand

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This isn’t the first time Caruana has done a photo series based on the theme of infidelity. Another project of hers, titled “The Other Woman,” features portraits of women who were experiencing the “unease” of having participated in affairs.

You can see the entire collection of photos in “Married Men” over on her website.

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Image credits: Photographs by Natasha Caruana



Should Western men always pay for Ukrainian & Russian ladies …

 Should Western men always pay for Ukrainian & Russian ladies?

Should Western men always pay for Ukrainian & Russian ladies?

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Krystyna in Ukrainian Dating Tips

Dear friends,

many Western men looking for Russian and Ukrainian ladies for marriage are wondering if they should always pay for these women. Many readers ask me often why Ukrainian and Russian women accept the invitation as a tribute and do not offer to pay e.g. for meals at restaurants in return. I can understand well that this aspect of the Ukrainian and Russian culture might look odd and spammy in the Western world. icon smile Should Western men always pay for Ukrainian & Russian ladies? The explanation for this behavior of women from Ukraine and Russia is very simple, namely: it is a special feature of our mentality which is, as you know, quite conservative.

I have to say that the Russian and Ukrainian culture is extremely patriarchal. Russian and Ukrainian women have been raised to expect a male to pay for all dates and expenses related to the relationship. For example; if you are meeting a Russian and Ukrainian woman on the internet it is likely you’ll be expected to pay for any traveling expenses she may incur during the relationship. Men are seen, in the Russian and Ukrainian culture, as the strong, breadwinner. A man who refuses to, or isn’t capable of paying for dates is seen as being unattractive and less masculine than man who happily pay for the expenses.

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From my experience, I can say you that standard first dates in Russia and Ukraine are much more formal than the first date commonly found in the United States, Australia or another Western country (also in Germany where I live). The dating culture, as a whole, is focused on serious relationships and finding a husband rather than simply dating. First dates, thus, are much more serious than simply “hanging out”, which is common in the Western dating scene. Dress well and plan a special evening complete with a meal. Bringing flowers and other tokens of affection is also a good idea.

For many Russian and Ukrainian women dating is a serious prospect. Be mindful of that fact when you approach a Russian / Ukrainian woman. Sure, you won’t be forced down an aisle or anything, but the entire energy of dating in the Russian and Ukrainian culture is future-minded. Remember that when dealing with your date and speaking about the future.

If you’ve decided that you’d like to try dating a Russian and Ukrainian woman, good for you. They are beautiful, kind and loyal women who have been making men happy for thousands of years. icon smile Should Western men always pay for Ukrainian & Russian ladies? As long as you remember the basic rules, and keep opposing cultural views in mind you will do just fine.

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Should I divorce??? – Talk About Marriage



When she was your GF and she lied about her relationship with this guy, you offered to get out of the way so that she could try to pursue something with him. She refused, but she continued to contact him and lied about doing it. Should have left then.


In your OP, you stated that she lied to you about some things related to this guy while she was engaged to you and then when you were married. Were her lies about contacting him during this time too? Is it still on going? You also stated that “if you read the texts, you would think that your wife and the OM were together”. That sounds like an emotional affair and that you swept it under the rug. It also sounds like you rewarded her bad behavior and continued lying by getting engaged and then marrying her.


Bottom line is that you can’t trust her and you have no idea when you will ever be able to do that. Since you’ve been married only 4 months, maybe you can get out of the marriage with very little financial entanglements. I’d do this if I were you because you started your marriage on lies. That’s not good.



THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES: Women Share What it Really Takes …

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of a successful marriage? How those happy couples make it look so easy?

 

In The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married
bestselling author Iris Krasnow pulls back the curtain and reveals shocking and uncensored real-life confessions of women who have stayed married for the long haul. Krasnow, a wife of 23 years, and the more than 200 women she interviewed ― married anywhere from 15-70 years ― challenge the traditional way of thinking about what it takes to achieve “happily-ever-after” and invite women to define for themselves what constitutes a satisfying relationship.

“There is no gold standard of what a marriage should be and no perfect marriage toward which to aspire,” writes Krasnow. “No one even has to get married . . . More than five million unmarried couples live together in the United States, nearly eight times as many as in 1970. Those of us who followed the mainstream and went for the big crowd and the big dress are realizing, as we inch toward silver and golden anniversaries, that it is individual ingenuity and not pack mentality that fuels a marriage in the long run.”
THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES will inspire any woman who is hungry for marital commitment and reinvention. Yes, women can have it both ways: a committed, happy marriage and adventures in uncharted territory. While some women stay sane in their marriages by having weekly wine-and-whine girl’s nights out or resume old hobbies they abandoned once they had kids—swimming, painting, horseback riding—others get a bit more creative. Don’t be surprised if your “’happily married’ neighbor is spicing things up by regularly going out on dates with ‘the one who got away’ or convincing her husband to join her in sleeping with other couples. “Playing mahjong with the girls may be all the added oomph [some wives] need. Others may crave a spot of mischief. Who are we to judge? A stolen kiss can go a long way and a secret is different than a lie.”

 

The raw and provocative voices in THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES will open your eyes and show you that a rough patch doesn’t mean your marriage has to end. “This is a survival guide for those of us at a gear shift in our marriages,” writes Krasnow. “We’ve survived the eight-year mark, or the fifteen-year mark, or are inching toward the twenty-five-year anniversary and beyond. We are resigned to the fact that a husband can be annoying, cloying, even boring. We also know that he is our partner in a sad, happy, and complicated history that took years of sweat and tears and flinging a dish here or there to achieve.”

 

Tactics on how to stay married vary from wife to wife, but Krasnow’s unifying core principle is this: “create a marriage that operates on many tracks – integrating friendships with both sexes, work we are passionate about, and new experiences and skills that keep us growing at every age.” A good wine cellar helps too.

The Secret Lives of Wives is fresh, fun, honest, and bold, and crashes fairytale dreams of happily ever after. With page after page of riveting, real-life examples, Krasnow shows us that marriage hardly guarantees a perfect life, but that the institution does provide a grounding foundation and force that allows a wife to individually soar. Once a woman realizes that she can’t get it all from one person in one place, she’s free to build her extraordinary life, complemented by her ordinary marriage.

The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married

 

 

Seven Secrets To Staying Married

 

1. It’s okay, even healthy, to have secrets: It’s your relationship, not anyone else’s, and there is no gold standard marriage. Everyone has issues, problems, so don’t worry that your marriage isn’t measuring up. No one knows what’s really going on in a marriage except the two people in it. That gives each of us the freedom to write our own rules and keep our own secrets.

 

2. You don’t get it all in one place: Staying married takes bold creativity, a variety of sideline adventures. If you depend on one person in one house to sustain you until death do you part that’s a ticket to divorce. A marriage that runs on multiple tracks makes for a happier wife who gets to have it both ways — a committed marriage and adventures in uncharted territory.

 

3. Hang out with outrageous girlfriends: The wives with the highest marital satisfaction have a tight circle of wild and warm women friends with whom to drink, travel and vent. With women in their early 90s comprising the fastest growing segment of the aging population, and many marriages lasting more than 50 years, we’re going to need all the laughs and support we can get! Our girlfriends, ever-forgiving and always empathetic, provide the escape hatch!

 

4. Take separate vacations – or separate summers: You like to camp and your husband likes to golf? Spend a month in the Adirondacks while he goes with his buddies to Scottsdale or better yet, Scotland. After some weeks apart from each other, removed from the grind of ordinary life, marriage seems way hotter than the tepid state in which you left each other in.

 

5. Indulge in boy-best-friendships: Platonic friendships are a sexy pick-me-up without the complications of adultery. Women who love the company of men shouldn’t have to eliminate male friends from their lives; extra-marital always think we’re smart and beautiful (because they don’t live with us) and that’s great ego feed.

 

6. Lower your expectations: It’s a dangerous fantasy to think marriage really means happily-ever-after. Expecting perfection in a marriage or a mate is a fast ticket to divorce. This realization forces women in aging marriages to be urgent about creating their own purpose and passions outside of their relationships. Marital bliss is possible if each partner is blissful without the other.

 

7. Be grateful: In between wifely gallivants and self-exploration, remember to love the guy you married. Remember to appreciate the confident and flexible husband that allows you to have an independent and fulfilling life beyond your marriage. Don’t try to win every fight; give in, surrender and say “I’m sorry” (even if you’re not sorry one bit) instead of holding onto snarly anger that forms toxic wedges over time. The ability to forge onward through strife and arguments is the real secret that makes marriages last forever.



 

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About Iris Krasnow:
Iris Krasnow is the author of the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, and I Am My Mother’s Daughter. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from Oprah and Good Morning America to All Things Considered. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.

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Dating The Divorced Man And What You Should Know
Most women at some point in their lives will find themselves involved with a recently separated or divorced man. You will read some dating tips for women that discourage you from putting yourself in this situation.

Is it really that big of deal though?

The answer to this question is a little bit yes and a little bit no.

People marry, divorce and meet someone new quite commonly. While divorce brings many more complications than traditional boyfriend/girlfriend breakups, the aftermath is just like any other breakup, there is the period of adjustment. Hollywood will often depict this time with a broken down man, holed up in his apartment, unshaven, in need of a haircut, walking around in boxers and a bathrobe, eating cereal, drinking beer and playing video games. funny stuff . Comunicacion en Moda . Eventually he cleans up, shaves and ventures back out into the real world. Perhaps he catches your fancy and you think he is well over the hurt and anger from the divorce, seemingly ready to date.

Be warned, though, that there is still plenty of excess baggage there and you should investigate before getting involved. You need to know what this baggage is and whether or not its something you can deal with.

One of the first dating tips in this situation is knowing what his intentions are with you. Is he really looking for something serious or is he just playing the field and seeing what his options are? Is he looking to casually date, bed at least a dozen more women before getting serious again or is he wanting another commitment?
There are some great guys coming out of a divorce that are still absolute romantics. They believe in relationships and commitment, but were just in the wrong situation previously. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some men may be all too eager to re-enter the dating world, especially if they were the one that exited the marriage. Maybe they married young and never really had a chance to date much. This guy could be looking to make up for lost time.

You will also need to know the specifics of the divorce and if he wants a relationship with you at some point. Emphatically state that you will not be the transition girl. However, if its a matter of him needing more time to know for sure, think it over because there could be so much going on with him psychologically and emotionally that he is confused. Particularly if the ex-wife left him for someone else or simply because she fell out of love with him. He may be undergoing some trust issues and will need more time to truly let someone else in. He needs to communicate this to you and you need to trust that he is not using the oh, I am divorced routine for sympathy or an excuse for his apparent commitment phobia. A great deal of patience, understanding and trust will be necessary if you are really into this guy.

If there are children involved you need to ask yourself if you are capable of handling this. Chances are, with children in the equation, his ex-wife will still have a regular presence in his life. Its a package deal and you must have confidence in yourself to accept it. You cant be worrying about the ex having a better body than you, making more money than you or the children preferring to be with her more than you. It really can be a difficult situation to walk into.

Here is one of the more telling signs when it comes to identifying how serious he is with you. If you are together for a few months and you have not been introduced to his parents/relatives, his ex-wife and children, or his friends, it may be safe to assume that he is not sure what sort of commitment he is prepared to make just yet.

So look out for these signs when dating a divorced man and make sure you dont misread the situation and end up hurt.

About the author: Lee Blackspur is the owner of http://www.My-Dating-Advice.com which provides free online and offline dating tips, advice and articles for men, women and teens of all ages and experience.

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The Rise of the Adulterous Woman – PI Newswire

Back when I was in college, there were rules for the female students. We had to wear skirts to meals. Curfew was strict, broken under threat of expulsion — or worse. Naturally, boys were not allowed into our rooms. These maxims were designed to “protect” us women — we who were so easily taken advantage of, so at risk of being romantically duped — not to mention reinforce the idea that we were expected to act in a certain way.

Which was fine. In those days, many girls, and their parents, thought of college as a means to a husband. (So many of my contemporaries who achieved that end are now divorced, some more than once.) Now, although finding a mate at college is still common — and there are certainly Ivy League graduates who decide to make their lives as mothers and homemakers — it’s no longer what secondary education is about. Away at college, young people live in dorms in which male and female students share common areas, bathrooms, and even, at times, sleeping rooms. Sex is not necessarily part of the equation. And when it is? Well, we are, after all, talking about adults. But the bigger shift is one of perception: If there is any sort of expectation of “propriety,” it is imposed on the guys as much as on the girls.

After years of raising boys to think more like women and women to think more like men, we are now witnessing a generation of adults who fall less into traditional gender roles than ever before. Today’s young men, as a whole, are more sensitive than their fathers were. The women are more independent than their mothers. There’s been a trickle-up effect: The older generations are witnessing these changes, these freedoms, as they show up in their children and grandchildren, causing a culture-wide shift that transcends age.

Research supports this: According to a study conducted earlier this year by biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher for the dating site Match.com, women are getting less traditional about relationships. Men, interestingly, are getting more so. Men want marriage, babies, and stability; women want personal space and regular nights out with friends. More poignantly, women view their sexuality based on notions of what they want to do, versus what they’re told they should do.

In my work and in my life, I had been hearing more from women who were both having extramarital affairs and actively seeking them out. While they weren’t necessarily proud of their actions, neither were they ashamed. Unlike men, whose cheating often follows an impulse, these women had considered their affairs. They had reasons for them. Like Samantha, who was married to — and co-owner of a thriving business with — her high school sweetheart. Twelve years into the marriage, she felt as if she’d wed her brother. Heavy with responsibility for work and kids, she embarked on an affair with a married friend. She had no intention of leaving her spouse, to whom she felt extremely attached, and knew the fling would never leave his wife, either. But Samantha saw the sex as a way to reconnect with herself after a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, and find the attention she craved after long days of kowtowing to clients, making sure her husband’s shirts came back from the cleaners, and ministering to her kids’ needs.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: What Role Will Mary Jane Watson Play?


With the sequel to this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man set to shoot in the coming year in order to meet its May 2014 release date, casting decisions are soon to follow. In fact, just this week it was announced that actress Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in last year’s The Descendants, has been offered the role of that iconic red head, Mary Jane Watson, in the next film. While it was always assumed Mary Jane, who was played by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi trilogy, was going to pop up again in this franchise since she’s such an integral part of the Spider-Man mythology, the question remains how the filmmakers will introduce the character and develop her relationship with the other major characters.

In the early comics, Peter Parker’s Aunt May was always trying to hook Peter up with Mary Jane, who lived next door, but Peter always avoided these attempts. Finally, at the end of one issue, Peter meets Mary Jane and is stunned at how gorgeous she is. She then speaks her immortal line, “Face it Tiger…you just hit the jackpot.” Peter begins dating her, which doesn’t please Gwen Stacy, but Peter eventually sees Mary Jane as too self-absorbed and cuts off their relationship, with Mary Jane moving on to Peter’ best friend, Harry Osborn. Peter then begins to date Gwen, who became Peter’s main love interest until her death at the hands of the Green Goblin. After Gwen’s death, Mary Jane, who had remained a close friend of Peter and Gwen, becomes a more mature woman and her and Peter grow closer. Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship eventually blossoms in to romance and later, marriage. Then in 2007, in the “One Day More” arc, in order to save Aunt May’s life, Peter made a deal with the devil, the price being  he and Mary Jane’s memories would be wiped so they wouldn’t remember ever being married. So that happened.

With Mary Jane’s introduction, the film may go down the love triangle route, with Mary Jane complicating Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen’s (Emma Stone) relationship.  It’d be nice however if the filmmakers didn’t go down this route. Instead of  making them romantic rivals, the film could  explore the friendship between Gwen and Mary Jane. If a possible romance did start to bloom between Peter and Mary Jane, it’d make Mary Jane and Gwen’s relationship more complex. Their relationship would be as much at stake as Peter and Gwen’s. A friendship with Gwen would also make Gwen’s eventual death painful for Mary Jane as well as for Peter, bringing them closer together.

It’d maybe be best for Mary Jane to have a romance with Harry Osborn, since there are rumors of that role being cast as well. That way, the film could chronicle the contrasting relationships between the two couples. This new trilogy draws inspiration from the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity, in which Mary Jane was introduced before Gwen and Peter revealed his identity to her. Peter revealed his identity to Gwen in The Amazing Spider-Man so Mary Jane will probably be kept in the dark about Spider-Man’s identity, for this movie at least.

While it hasn’t been confirmed, this trilogy will likely play out the death of Gwen Stacy plotline. At the end of The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter implies to Gwen that he won’t keep his promise to her dying father, Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), to keep her out of his life as Spider-Man. This can be taken as a foreshadowing of Gwen’s death since, in the comics, it was the Green Goblin’sdiscovery of Spider-Man’s true identity that led to her death. If the Green Goblin is introduced in the next film, of which there’s a good chance due to Norman Osborn being mentioned in The Amazing Spider-Man, then Gwen will be in danger if he knows Spider-Man’s identity. At the same time, Electro is rumored to be the villain in the sequel so maybe Gwen’s death will not occur until the third film.

Having Gwen die at the end of the second film would be a heartbreaking way to conclude the second chapter of the trilogy-especially if they end it with the recreation of the scene from the comics where Mary Jane is trying to comfort Peter after her death. Peter tells her to leave since she doesn’t usually care about anyone other than herself. Mary Jane goes to leave but decides to stay. This would segway in to the third film where Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship is still developing, with Peter unsure of his feelings towards Mary Jane, whether or not he wants to pursue a romance with her, while still mourning Gwen. The film, and the trilogy, if it remains a trilogy, could end on a hopeful note as Peter and Mary Jane embark on their romantic relationship, with Gwen still important to Peter but able to let Mary Jane fully in to his heart. If Gwen dies in the third film, it’d have to occur mid way through in order for the rest of the film to reach a more uplifting ending. As tragic as Spider-Man’s world can be, it’s also an optimistic one, where an ordinary man can become a hero and  find redemption in helping others.

With Woodley possibly being locked in for the role, it’ll be interesting what dynamic she’ll have with Garfield and Stone, as well as how the character will be interpreted. Woodley still has that girl next door vibe, which may be redundant, considering Stone already fills that role. In contrast to Gwen’s girl next door, Mary Jane should be more of an out-of-this-world presence since she eventually becomes a model. As an actress, Stone already has a strong screen presence, so it’s still a question whether Woodley can rival that. That’s not a knock against Woodley’s acting talents or her looks. She’s beautiful and gave a strong performance in The Descendants-it’s just that Woodley really has to sell us on the idea this will be the woman Peter falls in love with and eventually marries. Hopefully, Woodley and Garfield will make us believe the relationship between Mary Jane and Peter. This will rely heavily on her and Garfield having the kind of chemistry  he shares with Stone, which gave the first movie much of its heart and soul.

The best part of The Amazing Spider-Man was the human scale drama and relationships between the characters. Director Marc Webb, who also directed (500) Days of Summer has the sensitive touch to make this emotional material work and one can hope the next film will delve even deeper in to the emotional complexities of Peter Parker’s life and create a relationship between him and Mary Jane that’s as appealing as the one between him and Gwen Stacy.




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I feel the world has caused me this depression – Talk About Marriage

When I was introduced to my husband I have had it with men!!! I wanted NOTHING to to with them.

I was working on bettering my life for my daughter and I. I left an abusive cheating husband and every man I dated cheated on me or had other issues like being an alcoholic. I was done! I kept meeting losers!

Once I stopped focusing on dating and improving myself going to college and perusing a career is when I was set up for a blind date. I initially said no to the date, but something was nagging me on the inside. I caved in and said what the heck. What’s one dinner and a chance to escape from studying college trigonometry. I almost declined his offer.

I gave my supervisor permission to give her BIL my phone number to call. We spoke quite a bit over the phone before meeting. I do like phone conversation. After 2 weeks of talking every night I had a bouquet of flowers delivered to my work from the gentlemen I was talking to. They were beautiful and I’ve never had flowers sent to me before.

We finally met up at my work party. There was a lot of flirting going on in between us. However I was a drinker at the time and I had a nice buzz going on.lol. He drove 2 hours to this party to meet me.. I still was not thrilled about dating at this point, but I agreed to go on an official date with him.

The flowers kept coming every Friday to my workplace. All the other women were jealous. I do think the flowers won my heart. This date was such a gentlemen. no deposit casinos . Our first date was out of this world fun! We went to the zoo then rock climbing. Haha, my date wore sweats rock climbing(I knew what he was thinking). herve leger . Poor guy.

The flowers still kept coming. I was highly impressed by this point. We had several dates. Both out and in his house where we cooked together and played board/card games. He’s a really honorable man. After a month he said he loved me. I said it much later, but we engaged 6 months upon meeting. abogados liniers capital federal . The rest is history.

Don’t give up on meeting that special man. They are out there. There are other men as honorable as my husband. I see this within his family. You’ll most likely find this guy when your not looking. I was in my mid 20′s when we met. He was in his mid 30′s. we have 2 beautiful children together and I brought one in the marriage. My husband never inquired about my past ever. We live for the future and in the present. I believe in fate and I believe that fate brought us together. I do really believe my husband is my “soul mate”.



Men Who Love *****es… – Talk About Marriage

So, I was in the book store the other day for my usual weekly chilling and drinking a good coffee. ed treatment options . I picked up the book “Men Who Love *****es”, and I skimmed through it. vivero frutales . carrera de fotografia . Some of it made sense, but a lot of it seems so backwards as well. The whole premise is that men enjoy the “chase”, and don’t want women who are too nice. Now, I don’t consider myself too nice, with “mr. unavailable”, I never pursued, never presured him to have a relationship, allowed him to make the first contact, etc. It didn’t make a difference, and frankly it was really hard to hold back my emotions.

So ladies, what do you think? I’m trying to refine my dating techniques, and I hate the games women have to play to attract men, on the other hand, is this the way it is??



Photographer Snapped Photos During Dates with Married Men

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For her peculiar photo project titled “Married Men,” London-based photographer and lecturer Natasha Caruana spent a year going on dates… with married men. She ended up going on 80 dates with men found through a dating website geared towards people looking to have affairs. At each meeting, Caruana used a disposable camera and a digital recorder hidden inside a small red purse to snap photographs and record the conversation. The images were all captured without the mens’ permissions, but do not reveal identities; the faces are carefully omitted from the frame. Caruana limited herself to a few pictures per encounter to avoid arousing suspicion.

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art curator Alistair Robinson writes,

Caruana asks why the ‘dates’ are willing to put their legally binding relationships at risk, as well as what an artist’s ethical responsibilities should be. […] Caruana’s work also asks what the ethics and politics of a ‘documentary’ mode of working are assumed to be […]

The artist asks us to behave like a detective when looking at each photograph, searching for clues about the situations. In one, a man pays for a meal in cash- so that no evidence is left for his wife to discover, an old battered table in a tired pub suggests the ‘date’ has little concept of romance. In a third, which looks like a domestic setting, 1970’s style pineapple rings adorn the artist’s plate of food. The photographs were taken on a cheap disposable camera rather than professional equipment, so all the images are intentionally grainy and loosely composed, but each has been carefully printed by hand

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This isn’t the first time Caruana has done a photo series based on the theme of infidelity. Another project of hers, titled “The Other Woman,” features portraits of women who were experiencing the “unease” of having participated in affairs.

You can see the entire collection of photos in “Married Men” over on her website.

The Married Men by Natasha Caruana (via Feature Shoot)


Image credits: Photographs by Natasha Caruana

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