charlemagne wrote in post #18552276
I have been working with women for about 5 years now, and both the beauty of the female shape as well as the sexual arousal they can bring interest me. I have been quantifying my work using three key-words, (I'm not sure they translate well in English) FEMINITY, SENSUALITY, FINE EROTISCISM ...
now about the latter I'm not sure how to describe it, and a lot of models tend to refrain from the word erotica/erotiscism/erotic, ...
I feel however that the images I call erotic are not at all vulgar, and are often even not linked to being nude or exposed ...
edit.: an example of a situation that occurs: ... some models agree to pose up to lingerie or topless ... but certainly not erotic. ... but according to me images can be very erotic while fully clothed, or be not at all erotic when fully nude ... I find it difficult to discuss this in clear terms with my models. ...
hence my question:
How would you describe 'erotica', and what do you qualify as being 'erotic'
interested in both male and female suggestions
I am a huge fan of yours & I can only think of giving you the very best of advice!
There are 3 issues that need to be discussed.
1.) What is the 'model' actually consenting and agreeing to do
2.) Your perception of Eroticism/..etc is one perspective and very valid
3.) 'Other' people's perspective of what is Erotic is also a valid perspective.
1.) if your 'model' is not reluctant to undertake these poses and is agreeable to 'strip'/wear the suggested clothes - then there should not be any 'comebacks' about the shoot.
Discuss the 'story-board' with them, tell them what you are trying to create, and get them to 'buy-in' to doing the shoot as per that agreed concept.
(I have never EVER needed to ask a model to 'spread-wide-open' - they are shown storyboard that I want to shoot in the context of (cars/bikes/machines.tools/lingerie/latex/..etc)
I discuss and agree beforehand the poses that I must capture - nude/scantily-clad/clothed.
We do practise runs of the shoot so that the posing becomes normal and fluid.
I confirm the lighting setups with colleagues and first-shooter to get the desired look
and then we just 'run and gun' - mostly outdoors stuff around sunset/golden-hour with incredible views in the background.
(I have been a lighting-assistant for about 5 years now on & off, and the photographers have captured the most incredibly looking women and their vaginas.
Seriously, I have personally seen in excess of 1,000 vaginas 'close-up' - and I still find them 'highly-erotic' ---> :roll eyes:
I KNOW - a vagina is NOT a woman!
2.) What you consider to be erotic is a personal opinion and choice that you have every right to feel/think.
'a darkly lit' B&W photo of a cucumber against a jet-black background could be considered 'erotic' to some and yet to others this same image is 'vulgar'/tasteless/crude to others.
You are well within your rights to think and feel those emotions. And you can and should exercise the right to do so.
3.) Equally, another person's opinion is rightfully theirs - we can not enforce upon people what is 'erotic' or not.
It is for the individual to decide what emotion they feel from visualising any projected image. that is also their right!
Hence, we are all people with differing opinions and levels of sensitivity / desensitivity.
To sum up - for me:- www.hegre-art.com (is a masterclass of Vaginal/Phallic photography) ALL of which I find "highly-erotic"
For others, this same site is for others, the epitome of vulgarity!
Just do what you do best - take those incredible, imaginative, themed and creative - awe-inspiring photographs for the world to enjoy.
You have your own style, and many of us are highly appreciate of your work and contribution to this genre.
I have never seen a photo from you that I deem offensive! ---> then again, I am male!