Male or Female? Hard to know. The photograph is enigmatic. The title is enigmatic too. White Whale. Is that a reference to Moby Dick? Or does the white whale have significance in Chinese culture too?
And the pineapple. What is with the pineapple? A symbolic spout out the blow hole? A quick interet search finds that to the Chinese, the pineapple symbolizes "wealth, luck, excellent fortune, gambling luck." To have a lithe young body. That is indeed good fortune.
Since a search on pineapple turned something up I decide to search for the significance of white whale in Chinese culture. No direct symbolic reference surfaces, but it turns out that there is a character set for white whale and that its tertiary translation is "Moby Dick."
Yes, this is a symbolic photograph suffused with intertwined cultural meanings. Its also a beautiful photograph.
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