Monday, March 25, 2013

Things you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask ... an open invitation

Over the years, I believe that both Side B and I have been surprised by some of the questions we've received - both from fans of our work & fellow artists, not to mention family and friends.   Quite a few people have written to me about our blog posts thus far (thanks for all the kind comments and suggestions!!) and I hear over and over that they had always wondered about some of our topics, but were afraid to ask.   

So, we thought it would be fun to open the floor to our readers - especially to the shy ones who wonder without asking or commenting!   Consider this to be your open invitation to ask us anything ... we'll be compiling your questions for a future post and hopefully some very interesting discussions!   You can email your questions to us here at shadowsexposed@gmail.com  ... we'll be leaving all our interrogators shadowed in  anonymity, so don't hold back!!  As the adage goes - curiosity killed the cat ... but satisfaction brought her back! 

In the meantime, we are curious about what topics you'd like to see covered in future posts, so don't be shy about making suggestions on that front as well :-)  One of our deepest reasons for producing this blog in the first place is that it offers us more interaction and inspiration than just posting an artistic monologue on our respective websites!   

We'll leave you with a final thought since spring is racing our way ... isn't the play of sunshine on silky skin simply delicious?!   


Desert Beauty - 032513 - Miz B



Friday, March 22, 2013

It's not what you imagine...

Leila Swan - 032213 - SideB

A few years ago I was showing a series of erotic photos to a group for a critique.  In this series, the model were in different levels of dress and the photos grew more erotic one after the other.  After the critique, one photographer friend asked me, "Did you fuck your model?"  I was taken aback.  I stammered out a "No. of course not."

I often get these questions and wonder about the reasons behind them.  It is pretty obvious why people outside of this type of work think them up.  The reasons behind these questions may come from the following reasoning.

First - the obvious The photos show very intimate, sensual, sexual moments, both graphic and implied.  By viewing these images, the viewer may feel a connection or relation to those in the photo.  They may even feel a part of the moment captured.  This then can lead to an incorrectly perceived familiarity with the photographer and model and formation of assumptions of what happened during the session.

Second - a bit more abstract but still a motive The viewer acknowledges that the photographer was in the room (including self-portraits) and had more than a voyeur role in the moment.  The photographer was capturing the heat.  The viewer may assume that during the shoot an erotic connection formed (or previously existed) and at some point the session turned into a steamy tryst.

Third - and a very offending one Since the model is obviously sexual, sharing sexually explicit behaviors, and OBVIOUSLY was all turned on, they must be easy and wanted the photographer to take more than photos.

I've worked with dozens of nude models, some of them multiple times.  I have never had sex with any of them.  I pay all models that pose nude for me.  I almost always hire established professional models.   I keep it respectful and professional before, during and after the shoot.  That doesn't mean that we don't talk about intimate things.  We do that to develop the theme, mood, motivations and art of the shoot.  I never touch a model though, unless I directly ask permission first and only then to help direct the shoot.  I ask the models for their ideas and thoughts and it becomes a very mental/artistic shared moment, and it can be intimate and inspiring, but I know there are boundaries that prevent leading to a physical moment.  

During the shoot, I am usually not so aroused by the moment that I can't focus (pun intended) on taking photos.  I am thinking of exposure settings, lighting, color, composition, and capturing the heat and magic of the moment before me.  The last thing I want to do is ruin the magic of the moment and capturing it in my camera by trying to insert my lusty actions into it.

The most offending assumption is that the models want to have sex with you since they work in explicit content.  I've photographed fine-art nude models, erotic models, adult nude models, erotic performers/dancers, and some that modeled and also performed escort work as well.  During the shoots, I've been thanked for my professionalism, respect, warmth, and boundaries and have heard horror stories of photography sessions that went awry with creepy photographers.  Some are just Guys with cameras (GWC) that had no experience and are using the moment for voyeuristic opportunities.  In these stories, the models feel like posing monkeys or have no direction other than "Look sexy.  Show me your pussy, etc."  

The second type of creepy photographer is the one that inappropriately wants more from the model.  One fetish model shared she worked with a new-to-her photographer that wanted and demanded to choke her out.  Another kept touching her during the shoot, feeling her up.  She told him to stop after the first touch.  She warned him after the second touch that she would leave.  She left after the third.  

Another model shared a scary story of a photographer that held these beliefs of "how a photoshoot should go".  The photographer praised her work and cited how similar his work and artistic styles matched her work and his desire to work with her.  He suggested meeting before hand to discuss and develop a collaborative session where they would create amazing photos.  At first, they were going to meet at a coffee shop.  He then asked if they could meet at his studio due to time constraints.  She agreed.  He then started texting her to come over a night earlier, and that he would have dinner for her.  When she started to say no, he said he would have a car pick her up and that he was hers all night.  He kept stating how her work and his art were so similar, they already have a connection and should be intimate.   

Both of these types of "photographers" hurt the business.  They make great models that are willing to share very intimate moments to make art and erotica hesitant to work again with anyone else.  

In essence, here is the reality.  Making this type of art is hard work for the models, photographers, and all others involved.  It is often dusty, dirty, and tiring.  The end results may show pure lust, but the production of it would astound most by the amount of unsexy things it took to create it.  It isn't all orgies, orgasms, and free sex for all involved.

It is a narrow precipice we work on.  We want to create work the suspends reality and lets the viewers feel and live a sensual moment.  We want to provide them that escape.  That part of art they can live in.  Sadly though, we have to deal with those that don't understand that art is what is exhibited and isn't necessarily the reality of those creating it.  Even if it is the reality of the artist and the model, it doesn't mean their real life includes you in a direct, person-to-person way.  The art viewer is invited to live in the art piece, not to assume they have a right to directly live in the artist's or model's life.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One Night Stands & Other Recipes to Liven Up Your Sex Life

Ladies of the world - what say you in the case of  lazy  lovers who neglect tantalizing teasing and flirtatious foreplay?!    Yes, we all know there is a perfect time for fast and furious ... but let's face it - most women miss those first heady times when their lover pulled out all the stops and invested the time to make her beg him to just GIVE IT TO ME ALREADY!!!!


Passion Fruit - 031913 - Miz B

Day to day, we all get caught up in our "to-do" lists ... and unfortunately, sex can end up being just another thing to hurry up and check off the list.   It can take a very conscious effort to slow down and remember how much fun it can be NOT having sex {.... yet}!   Remember those heady early days when you actually had to bring your A-Game and you only got the good stuff if you earned it and made her so crazy she couldn't stand it anymore and HAD to have you?   Here's a few ideas for a return to that level of passion:

* Kiss her everywhere except what is covered by her bra and panties  ... you can make a 2-way game of chicken out of this one and see who breaks first!

* Stay fully clothed while she gets naked ... strive for her pleasure exclusively.  Fondle and kiss and lick and grind ... but no matter how many times she orgasms, don't let her take off your clothes!   The first time a lover did this to me, I was out of my mind with lust and completely furious that he wouldn't give in ... but he definitely got the chance to show me what other tricks he had up his sleeve in the future - and I felt intensely challenged to give as good as I'd gotten!

* Food can be very sensual ... eat strawberries or sushi or chocolate sauce off her gorgeous body ... it doesn't matter what it is, provided you do it very slowly and seductively.  Give her some time to imagine you are eating her like that ... savoring every drop, lingering on every texture,  delighting in every nibble.  Let her see you roll your eyes in enjoyment, let her hear your moan at the flavors zinging on your tongue, let her feel your lips scooping every last morsel off her skin.  Bon appetit! 

In the interest of fairness, this whole thing can go both ways ... ladies get lazy too!   For some reason, especially in long-term relationships, women get caught up in the idea that sex should be hearts and flowers and deeply spiritual.  Frankly, it's exhausting trying to "make love" all the time.   Try a lil recreational sex within your relationship ... have a quickie or a one-night stand with your man ... no eye gazing, no tender words, none of the "usual."  When was the  last time you made him 5 minutes late for work because his shower was interrupted by a world champion level "I'm going to make your legs not work for the next hour" blowjob?  How long has it been since you ignored the bed and reminded him that the walls in the hall won't fall over if you climb them while he races you to completion on his way in the door?  

*It can sometimes be purely one way. Sometimes I am not in the mood for my own orgasm, but I want her to enjoy one or many. I want her to just be a pure receiver of pleasure with no expectation of reciprocity (at that time). I want her to know I relish her having pleasure, orgasms and will use all my talents to bring her there. It is kind of like getting a massage, it is very one way. This should also be reciprocated at another time. The point is, let your lover know that sometimes it is all about them. 

Reciprocity is a beautiful thing ... routine is the kiss of death ... and chances are that both you and your partner have more talents than you remember!   


Headgames 1 - 031913 - Miz B


Erotic photography can be a great source of inspiration.   When done well, a shoot is hours of smoking foreplay for models!  Imagine that chiseled hunk or curvy goddess ... gazing into your eyes, sliding against you, teasing you with their fingers and mouth ... and everytime you think they are going to ACTUALLY kiss you, or suck your nipple, or stroke your center ... some sadist with a camera yells, "Great ... let's change out to the red lingerie, reset, & do it again!"  Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!   Whimper!   Every photographer and model knows that the best shots are the moment riiiiiiiight before contact ... once your lips or hips are all smashed together, the image loses it's magic and potentiality.   We can all take a lesson from this process ... hovering on the edge of the shadows, even if just for a moment, can give your partner the time to hold their breath in anticipation and longing for whatever comes next.   Next time ... try incorporating this pause for dramatic effect into your technique - seconds or hours or days ... allow the tension to build, fan the embers, and reap the rewards!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quiet Sunday Nights

Moon Marie - 031713- SideB

Sometimes we all need a quiet Sunday night to relax from the craziness of the week, release the stress of all the turmoil, and to take a moment to enjoy the quiet, solitary, and sensual moments by ourselves.  It can start by reading something erotic, thinking of a past encounter, or thinking naughty things of that one we have a special itch for.  Regardless of how it starts, that special alone time brings the week to an end and a content mind to face the new week with a sensually healed spirit and body.

I hope all of you take that time and get ready for new adventures.

Right in Time - Lucinda Williams

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sweet Surrender

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down - 031513 - Miz B


FREE ME

Bound by my birth ... my gender ... my time
Bound by my dreams ... my fears ... my secrets
Bound by my needs ... my hungers ... my thoughts
Bound by my limitations ... my longings ... my fantasies
Bound by my responsibilities ... my loyalties ... my agonies
Bound by my hopes ... my furies ... my expectations
Bound by my illusions ... my regrets ... my wounds
Bound by my circumstances ... my potential ... my destiny
Bound by my past ... my present ... my future
Bound by my mind ... my heart ... my loves
Bound by my choices ... my passions ... my independence

In your bonds, I escape my bindings
In your shackles, I surrender my body
In your chains, I relinquish my burdens
In your power, I release my self
In your dominion, I abdicate my control
In your mastery, I flee my mind
In your service, I yield to my ecstasy
In your ropes, I free myself.

                                                                              ~Miz B



Images of bondage are sometimes seen as shocking and  BDSM is largely misunderstood.  In the above poem, I hoped to challenge our assumptions about the bondage in which we all live and the release that sexual bondage can provide.  









Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reality Is Whatever I Say It Is!

I reject your reality and substitute my own!  ~Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame

Shadows Dance - 031313 - Miz B

I'm a 42 year old mother of two who rarely gets enough sleep and enjoys a chocolate chip cookie on (frequent) occasion.   To say that I LOVE photoshop would be an understatement! 

Way back when I first encountered the modeling industry, any given shoot was likely to be cancelled if the model got a zit, spent a long night up with a sick kid, ate that week, or forgot to paint her nails.   Retouching was expensive and complicated and time-consuming.   Are there women (& men) who can show up on set and live up to the idealized vision to which we've become accustomed?  Sure - but they are the exception to the rule.   Most of us are people, with day jobs, lives, and flaws.  We have good days and bad days and a whole lot in between.   Amen for the miracle of modern technology that allows us to put our best foot (and face) forward anyway! 

I agree with some of your comments on our last post - in this day and age, it's assumed that there is some level of alteration.   As a culture, we auto-tune our musicians, photoshop our models, reduce our news to biased soundbites, dye our hair, surgically alter our bodies, fudge our resumes, spin our profiles, and create alter ego personas for public consumption.   Of course I photoshop ... to me, the key issue is how much.

Side B already mentioned the extreme case of simulating child porn via alteration of legal models to appear pre-pubescent.   Real, virtual, simulated, vaguely referenced - child porn is evil, period.   The sickos who fuel their fantasies and subsequent crimes with these images are encouraged just as much by a modified image as a real one.   I'm not even a fan of completely shaven obviously mature women ... no jungles please, but I don't see anything particularly sexy about trying to look like a 6 year old from the waist down.

As a model, I prefer to ride the line between magazine standard perfection and reality.   I do a lot of live events and appearances ... it doesn't serve me to photoshop my images beyond recognition, because I have to show my actual face/body in public.   So far, the reaction I get most frequently when someone first meets me is "I thought you'd be taller!" -- this is cool by me and vastly preferable to "I thought you'd be younger/ hotter/ thinner/ prettier!"  I want my photos to look like me - albeit the BEST version of me!   My clients and models feel the same way ... they want to capture the real them - but in the best possible way.  Compositing images can help.  Maybe in one shot, the angle is flattering to my figure, but my expression sucks.   In another, I have a radiant smile, but I posed 10 degrees off and look broad as a barn.  When I put them together, it's still me - and still real - even tho it was real 2 minutes apart :-)  

I loved the Photoshop parody that Side B included last time ... I have literally found myself getting ready for an event and wishing I could use all those virtual tools to touch up the living breathing me!   I've become so accustomed to altering reality that I am slightly unsettled by raw images ... I see everything through eyes that are critical of flaws - in people and lighting and framing, etc.   Releasing the bubblebath image in the last post  made me feel more vulnerable and naked and exposed than most of my erotic/nude work.   It's more personal ... crossing over into a private, unedited moment versus playing a role at work that is carefully crafted into a piece of art.   Clearly, the editing, costuming, attitude, etc.  serve me like a superhero's cape and mask ... anyone with half a brain can tell it's me, but the psychological shift into a character allows me the freedom to separate my "self" from my "image."  

One final thought ... I believe one point of art is to escape reality.  The ancient Greek masters of sculpture didn't shoot for realism - they preferred to express idealized versions of their subjects.    Impressionists based their style on the concept of expressing the idea or feeling of something instead of the literal thing itself.   I adore working in silhouette - it eliminates a lot of distracting details and lets your imagination fill in the shadows with your preferred reality.   

I tend to believe that debating and over-thinking art is pointless and defeats the purpose.   Does my image move you?  Does it make you FEEL?   Do you enjoy its viewing?   If you can answer yes to any of these, then we have created a reality, you and I.   Whatever it may have been before, once we share this image, this moment ... reality changes for us both.  Reality is created.  Reality is dynamic.  Reality is whatever we say it is!

Monday, March 11, 2013

What's real anymore?

Tuck in that tummy!  Nip that waist!  Erase that cellulite!  Adjust her cheek bones!  Make her...

Make her what?  Make her... beautiful?  Make her ... perfect?  Make her... what??????


What is real?  Is it an absolute issue that it either is real or isn't?  Is there any middle ground?  What about if it is for art, not commerce or promotion?



Nothing is real.  ― John Lennon

These questions came to up after seeing a self-candid photo of Miz B relaxing in a bath tub.  It was untouched except for a minor edit so it could be seen on Facebook.  Miz B and I started talking about reality and photography.  What is real?

Bubbles - 031113 - Miz B

Early last year I took a Photoshop (PS) course.  I am not much of a PS user, preferring to work in Adobe Lightroom (LR) because it more closely mimicks my darkroom experience.  While I feel comfortable and old school in LR, I hold other trepidations in learning PS.  I worry about changing my photo reality.  In photoshop, I can do magic, some of it dark magic, that can bend reality or create a new one.  I use this term "dark magic of PS" in a layered way.  


As you probably know, a good PS editor can adjust almost any aspect of a photo.  Body shape (from reducing curves and bulges to actually lifting and warping bone structure), skin tones and shading, eye color, and outright using spare parts from different photos of other models to construct a new person and making it all look "real", but are these new fictions to be believed?  Is it ok if they are believed?  Does reality matter anymore due to the degrading belief in the notion that photos are real and real means truth?

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. ― Mark Twain
One of my friends creates surreal photos of people levitating using PS layers and other photo editing technioques.  He does this to create amazing art that both haunts and amuses at the same time.  This seems like a mostly harmless bending of the artist's whim and creativity.  Maybe he should get a pass for creating these illusions since we can understand allegory and art as creative outlets not purporting to be real.

Another friend of mine does catalog work for two industries - fashion and wineries.  When he creates a wine bottle add, he carefully sets everything up and then takes multiple photos of the bottle, focusing on the different parts of it.  He then composites them in PS to create the perfect bottle where everything from the cork down to the bottom of the bottle is perfect.  Is this now a lie?


When this same friend edits his fashion work, I see major wizardry of dark magic happen.  I am not talking about minor things like removing blemishes, balancing light and shadows appropriately.  Hip bones move up, buttocks are smoothed and curved, breasts get reshaped, skin smoothed, etc.  All of this is to make a perfect wine bottle... err.. I mean person.



Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there― Adam Young
I am not innocent of using PS dark magic.  I've smoothed skin a bit.  I reshaped a torso.  I changed color saturations and textures.  I've added grain.  I've created these fictions as well.  As I learn more about PS, I am so very tempted to do more.  Is this bad or just... is?

I've been on both sides of this argument.  In the past, Ive been criticized about my art for creating unrealistic objects of men's perceptions of women.  A few days after that, a model was mad at me (even though I hired her for my purpose, paid her well and got a model release) that I didn't do enough PS magic on her.  

A few years ago I read (wish I could find the source) of photographers making porn or suggestive photos of models (over 18, but just barely) wearing children's and young teens' clothing and photographing them in various poses, each growing more sexually explicit.  In the post editing, they would then use the PD dark magic to slim the hips and decrease bust (as well minimizing other secondary sexual characteristics), adding freckles, etc., so the subjects looked adolescent or even prepubescent.  They were essentially creating fake child porn.  Is this wrong?  Shades of gray??


So - What are the faults/positives of improving images and getting them to the aesthetic we want to present? Are there hard boundaries on right and wrong?  Can they be as real as the straight photo? What is real and is it even important anymore?



Some more quotes about Reality

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.  - Phillip K. Dick
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. ― John Lennon 
Reality is frequently inaccurate― Douglas Adams
The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.  ― John Lennon
Humankind cannot bear very much reality. ― T.S. Eliot
What if reality is nothing but some disease? ― Chuck Palahniuk


And some Photoshop satire.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

You Must Remember This ... a Kiss is Just a Kiss

What Lips My Lips Have Kissed - 030913 - Miz B

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain 
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh 
Upon the glass and listen for reply, 
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain 
For unremembered lads that not again 
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry. 
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree, 
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one, 
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before: 
I cannot say what loves have come and gone, 
I only know that summer sang in me 
A little while, that in me sings no more.  
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

This is my favorite poem of all time ... has been since high school.  Pretty edgy stuff for 1923 ... so desperately sad ... but so liberated!  What piece of erotic poetry resonated with you early in life?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Secondary touches, furtive glances, & longing unfulfilled

Jacqui - 030713 - SideB

I think there's still such a pull to simple thrills ... sometimes it's a greater rush to surreptitiously brush legs under the table at a dinner with someone forbidden than to go fuck in the bathroom.  ~ Miz B

I agree with Miz B.  There is also something very arousing when you don't touch or interact in those ways and you know (or circumstances dictate) that it cannot go further. Those little perfect moments that developed no further than quick simple touches, longing, but short glances, and other brief connective interactions live for eternity, but only last a breath.  They remain burned into my memory as sweet treats that lasted only for a taste, but always brought back to mind with a distant smile.

Gazes that empty crowded rooms of all but the potential of that passion.  The brush of a hand that sends a shock directly to the core of you, flushing your cheeks even as you drift apart in the crowds.  No names.  No talk.  No idea why.  But for that moment, you were lovers ... your body recognized theirs and longed for them ... almost as if you have been there before, in a different time.  The perfect magic will stay forever unfulfilled ... forever unspoiled ... forever missed ... forever held perfect in your daydreams.

Longing - 030713 - Miz B


What are your favorite experiences like these??


Monday, March 4, 2013

Of Course You Won't Go Blind!

Caught - 030413 - Miz B
I think we've gotten to know each other well enough by now to be brutally honest with each other.  Can we shadowphiles just get real for a minute and call a spade a spade?   Yes, we are all reasonably intelligent aficianados of the erotic arts ... and we can discuss the symbolism and sociology ad nauseum.   We can seek deeper meaning and dismiss less well produced images as smut.  But when it comes right down to it, doesn't a lot of our enjoyment of erotic art come from the simple fact that it turns us on?   Sometimes, an image is just HOT!   However refined or simple our tastes may be - and I don't doubt they are as varied as we are - sometimes we just crave visual stimulation of our fantasies.   

I'll go first on true confessions ... for as much as I'm an exhibitionist in front of the camera, I am a voyeur behind it.   I create what I like to see ... and sensual nudes and genuine chemistry push my buttons.   If images I create don't turn me on, they don't make the cut for release.   Mass produced porn pales in comparison to producing your own fantasies in living color!   Same goes for my models ... OF COURSE  I want them ... if I don't find them sexually magnetic, why should you?  I find it to be a complement when someone tells me that they look at my photos and put them to *ahem* good use.   There's a connection there with the viewer ... what turns me on, turned them on.  Often without ever having met, we shared a mental lust, centered on an image of my creation, that satisfied us both.  How cool is that?!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

I objectify women, but at what cost?

Jacqui and me on an old tshirt (Detail) - 030213 - SideB

"Either intentionally or not, are we putting unrealistic, unwanted, and unfair roles onto women (or any objectified group) that do meet the objectified standard and also on those that do not (either by choice or chance)" - SideB
A few days ago I stumbled upon the online article "5 Ways Modern Men are Trained to Hate Women" by David Wong at Cracked.com.  I used a few lines from the article to illustrate a point on some of the potential harm of this objectification in a comment to previous post.

"From birth we're taught that we're owed a beautiful girl... So it's very frustrating, and I mean frustrating to the point of violence, when we don't get what we're owed. A contract has been broken.." - David Wong

Jacqui and me on a an old tshirt - 030213 - SideB
Mr. Wong's argument may seem a bit extreme and even facetious, but if you read the article, he does develop his rationale behind it.  In a section titled, "We're trained from birth to see you as decoration" he shared online statements about a female public figure, some of which are:

"Her face is so ugly you can smash it into some dough and make gorilla cookies."
"So fugly, I'd say 'don't even look'!!!"
"At least Medusa was modestly attractive by comparison."
"This person is disgusting and I would never trust 'it's' opinion on ANYTHING!"
The fact that this person is US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kegan raises an important question - regardless of politics, she is a strong legal professional that earned a seat on the highest court and why are we discrediting her on her appearance?  If her legal and political beliefs and backgrounds matched the holders of those statements, would she have been "hotter", or at least her appearance not even be mentioned?

In another example he exposes the vitriol thrown at Christina Aguilera due to her changes in weight by comparing it to comments that would be said about an overweight male celebrity.

"fuck her! I have a full-time job, go to grad school full-time, cook at home every night and still find time to get my ass to the gym. lazy ass fat bitch ..."
"Don't get me wrong -- if it's a male celebrity in the article, you'll get lots of people making fun of his fatness. If it's a female, you get anger.  She owes it to us to be pretty. That's the social contract as we've understood it from the time we were toddlers." - David Wong
Now it is time to take a breath and step back.  I am a firm believer in shades of grey (and not of the 50 shades either).  Not all men are like this.  I can't stand certain politicians that are female, but I don't go around saying "She is the (see statements above)".   Most guys I know wouldn't either.  I do know though that like most humans I will go back into my head and have a flash thought that may not be too far off of those hateful expressions.  These thoughts are almost knee-jerk reactions that I don't act on and try to dismiss quickly.  They are similar to those racist, religious, or other hateful thoughts that we pick up over a life time.  We don't believe them or try to deny them at a higher level of thought, but they flare into our conscious for a short moment before our rational mind squashes them.
 
Many of these issues are why I started my art series, IOW.  I wont speak for society, but by my creating the photos I do, am I worsening the problem, acknowledging a truth and exposing it to the light, or just being a human?

What say you on all this??