Is Monogamy Boring?

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Everything
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via Thought Catalog


Boredom and monogamy are two ideas ingrained like memories in our collective consciousness. Those who choose monogamy are often viewed as traditionalist fools by a certain percentage of the population; while individuals who remain single for long stretches of time are often dismissed as lonely, sad, or incompatible. It’s the type of sweeping, generalized thinking that makes humans such an oddly divisive lot. But it also breeds an amateur anthropological fascination regarding our behavior.

Nearly two decades ago, photographer Martin Parr (biography) publicly examined a random sample of relationships in his book Bored Couples (Galerie du Jour Agnès B., 1993). He had no specific connection to the people he photographed, except that he was looking to challenge the notions of context and perception:

This series of photographs were taken as an opportunity to explore the veracity of the caption. We do not know if these random couples are bored or not. Who is to say what is authentic when captioned as thus? Parr also photographs himself with his partner appearing to be bored, but she is, in fact, very excited at the addition of this photo to the project. (via Magnum Photos)

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  1. jessgallegos says:

    i like martin parr a lot, and this work is really interesting.

  2. jessgallegos says:

    hmm… i’ll think about this and get back to you with more, but check out gregory crewdson and bernie imes. completely different styles and subject matter but really good stuff. let me know what you think.

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