Anatomy man statue English nude in a round mirror with a camera and door
Susan Sontag on the difference between erotica and pornography
Approving or disapproving morally of what a work of art “says” is just
as extraneous as becoming sexually excited by a work of art.
(Both are, of course, very common.)
And the reasons urged against the propriety
and relevance of one apply as well to the other.
Indeed, in this notion of annihilation of the subject
we have perhaps the only serious criterion for
distinguishing between erotic literature or films or paintings
which are art and those which (for want of a better word)
one has to call pornography. Pornography has a “content”
and is designed to make us connect (with disgust, desire) with that content.
It is a substitute for life. But art does not excite,
or, if it does, the excitation is appeased, within the terms of the aesthetic
experience. All great art induces contemplation,
a dynamic contemplation. However much the reader or listener or spectator
is aroused by a provisional identification of what is in the work of art with real life,
his ultimate reaction — so far as he is reacting to the work as a work of art
— must be detached, restful, contemplative, emotionally free,
beyond indignation and approval.
It is interesting that Genet has recently said that he now thinks
that if his books arouse readers sexually,
“they’re badly written, because the poetic emotion should be so strong
that no reader is moved sexually. Insofar as my books are pornographic,
I don’t reject them. I simply say that I lacked grace.”
Quote from ‘On style’ (1963) Susan Sontag
Nude with a blindfold London 2013
These photographs might not appear politically correct in these current times, nudes of women.
Then with so many women in the world being repressed,
and many women and men campaigning for their right to express themselves how they want.
Of course they were all art models, doing what they enjoy and were wonderful to work with.
And though I do not have any shots of males nudes, I have worked with several on art projects.
There is Michelangelo's 'David' among many nude sculptures in the past, and of course the Venus de Milo.
Rodin whose sculptures I have studied and drawn, and many more artists through history.
The reason I am referencing sculpture is because the models I worked with
are also suppose to, if they still want to, model for some of my sculptural work.
Hands nude London 2006
Portugese nudes London 2009
The beauty of the female form, curves of a woman
Slovakian nude camera; London 2014 Eyes face breast; English nude London 2014
Layla pregnant nude London 2017
Slovakian model cigarette and camera London 2014
As in all sections of my photography I am holding back some of my best shots for my photography book
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