Pele Cox

The poet Pele Cox has recently released her book of poems relating to her personal experience of being “the other woman”.  The normal view of being a mistress is seldom seen from the mistress’ point of view, but instead from the wife, as a ‘marriage wrecker’.  Nina Simone depicted a typical view of ‘The Other Woman’ so well in her song by the same name:
 
The other woman finds time to manicure her nails
The other woman is perfect where her rival fails
And she’s never seen with pin curls in her hair
 
The other woman enchantes her clothes with french perfume
The other woman keeps fresh cut flowers in each room
There are never toys that’s scattered everywhere
 
And when her baby comes to call
He’ll find her waiting like a lonesome queen
‘Cause when she’s by his side
It’s such a change from old routine
 
But the other woman will always cry herself to sleep
The other woman will never have his love to keep
And as the years go by the other woman
Will spend her life alone
 
So it is a brave move of Pele to put herself out there, admitting that she herself has been “The Other Woman” and with the same admittance hoping for some understanding of her situation, or at least a love for her poems.  Yes it’s true that there will always be people who will look at her book of poems in distain which is completely understandable, but the book is perhaps aimed more at people who have maybe not had a personal experience of being cheated on, or someone who have found themselves in the same situation as Pele.  Her ‘bravery’ is in that she openly reveals herself for having committed an act which is by many considered selfish, dishonest and cruel, and is therefore allowing an open stream of judgement and abuse to come her way.  But the best poetry and art is something that reveals the artist but at the same time leaves the artist in a vulnerable place, open to criticism.
I wanted the images to be dream like, or even give the feeling that it could be anyone there in front of the camera. I wanted the images to represent the story of Pele and her experience instead of crystal clear image of Pele. 

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The poet Pele Cox has recently released her book of poems relating to her personal experience and affections of being “the other woman”. The normal view of being a mistress is seldom seen from the mistress’ point of view, but instead from the wife, as a ‘marriage wrecker’. Nina Simone depicted a typical view of ‘The Other Woman’ so well in her song by the same name:

The other woman finds time to manicure her nails
The other woman is perfect where her rival fails
And she’s never seen with pin curls in her hair

The other woman enchantes her clothes with french perfume
The other woman keeps fresh cut flowers in each room
There are never toys that’s scattered everywhere

And when her baby comes to call
He’ll find her waiting like a lonesome queen
‘Cause when she’s by his side
It’s such a change from old routine

But the other woman will always cry herself to sleep
The other woman will never have his love to keep
And as the years go by the other woman
Will spend her life alone

So it is a brave move of Pele to put herself out there, admitting that she herself has been “The Other Woman” and with the same admittance hoping for some understanding of her situation, or at least a love for her poems. Yes it’s true that there will always be people who will look at her book of poems in distain which is completely understandable, but the book is perhaps aimed more at people who have maybe not had such a personal account of being cheated on, or someone who have found themselves in the same situation as Pele. Her ‘bravery’ is in that she openly reveals herself for having committed an act which is by many considered selfish, dishonest and cruel, and is therefore allowing an open stream of judgement and abuse to come her way. But the best poetry and art is something that reveals the artist but at the same time leaves the artist in a vulnerable place, open to criticism.
Like a poem would often be a visual and rhythmic image in a book I also tried when photographing Pele to incorporate some visual cleanliness and space. I wanted the images to be dream like, or even give the feeling that it could be anyone there infant of the camera. I wanted them to represent the story of Pele and her experience instead of crystal clear image of Pele.

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox

Pele Cox