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?!


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  1. Visual and a voyeur for sure. It is probably the reason I don't shoot much. I have found that I like to look more than take. I spend many hours each week looking at images, most are nudes with porn and fine art evenly enjoyed; but wildlife and landscapes are frequent stopping points also. The voyeur in me loves to watch people when out and about; yes I do run a fantasy through the brain from time to time when I come across suitable fodder.

    With erotic images it takes a bit now to make me stop the scroll and really study it. After all these years these old eyes have seen many an image and now it takes a little bit extra to make me go wow. But when it does happen and if it makes me take the lizard out and slap it around some; so much the better. Because while I enjoy looking at women and especially naked women I immensely enjoy an erotic experience. By that I mean something that triggers a sexual response. It doesn't have to be physical, in fact it's probably mostly a mind fuck and considering that our mind is really our biggest sex organ that's ok.

    I feel that there is a dichotomy during a nude photo shoot. I'm not talking about the obvious sucking dick type images but the fine art type. I must digress just a moment because while I feel most people would see a sucking dick image as porn – I definitely have seen some that I would consider fine art. I have read photographers state that there was no sex during or after the shoot, that there was nothing sexual going on between the photographer and model. I have seen models state that they don't like a nude shoot when it turns sexual. Now I agree that no model should be expected to or be forced to fuck the photographer or have to do something unacceptable to her just to participate in a nude photo shoot. But taking a cue from your comments. How do you produce erotic images without creating some sort of sex during the process? Now I'm not talking about penetration or fondling the model. While I'm sure it does happen it's not the norm; but there has to be some sort of sexual tension. There has to be that as you put it “sexually magnetic” something. There has to be that something that trips the fantasy process. How does that happen without sex being the elephant in the room?

    When I look at an image I know that the photographer and model had some sort of story or theme for their shoot. I almost always create my own story and as I have stated before I usually like mine better. I run through quick stories and then sometimes they branch into longer thoughts. You and Side B have been good for letting my mind wander. I have written a couple with images Side B has posted on his other blog and you have stimulated the gray cells a couple of times here. I have about a half story written with the above image. I have one about the image you posted with the 2-23 post. Some times I use the whole image and some times just a small part. I have a lot of fun with them but they take me a long time as I am a hunt and peck typist and re-write a lot. My biggest problem dealing with blogger is it's limit of 4096 characters and spaces if I'm trying to post the story. Sometimes it has taught me to edit and tighten up my story but sometimes I need my space to ramble around in. I feel I'm only about half into my story about this post's image and I'm over 5000 – oh well.

    D.L. Wood

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  2. In my less-than-humble opinion, great erotic art cannot be made without sexual tension. Either between the model and photographer, between the models involved, or between the model and the viewer. I add the last option because some models truly do get aroused by the exhibition itself and are erotically engaged with the process while the camera and other models just happen to be there. Of course, it's possible to take naked, sexy photos with people wholly uninvested in chemistry or arousal ... but I think those images tend to be very pornographic in my eyes - there's something unsettling about people posed to look sensual but everything in their body language screams disengagement or worse yet discomfort.

    Your comments bring up a very interesting conundrum that I face often on both sides of the camera ... the constant tug of war between sexual tension and professionalism. Obviously, a great erotic shoot is a very charged atmosphere when it's working well ... but becoming known as the cougar with a studio or the creepy guy with a camera is the kiss of death professionally. On my team shoots, I've usually gathered together quite a few very sexy, very free, very enthusiastic people, put them in a scenario of intense sensuality and chemistry, mixed with a safe place to express often repressed desires ... how naive would I be to think that nothing is ever going to go down?! Yet the art is paramount and the purpose is not to veil an orgy with lighting but to expose genuine sensuality. Sometimes models cross a line and the shutter stops snapping - not because I am averse to graphic images, but because I respect the models I work with and treasure their trust.

    I personally find that one key to intense shoots is keeping the sexual tension unresolved!! Part of the magic comes from the mystery and engagement on camera. In many of my images as a model, people often tell me that even with other models touching me, and seemingly making love to me, it somehow appears that I am unattainable. I've always found this interesting and I believe the vibe may come from the reality that while they can make it look good, they can't actually have their way with me once the flashing lights stop. It's bad business to sleep with models in one's employ. That said - shooting with lovers is a wholly different animal! ;-)

    Every male model I've ever worked with has expressed an initial concern that they can't possibly shoot photos like that without becoming erect and they worry it will be taken as unprofessional. In all honesty, the first time I shoot with a straight male model who doesn't have that "problem," it's time to hang up the stilettos and retire! If you shoot bikini in the snow, you are going to be cold. If you shoot in the shower, your mascara is going to run. If you shoot erotica, you are going to have hard cocks pressed against you. Occupational hazards lol. We're all adults here, if it bothers you don't shoot in this genre.

    A final thought for you, D.L. ... perhaps instead of struggling with blogger's limitations (from a fellow writer who tends towards novella at the very least lol) you might enjoy submitting your longer works to www.literotica.com ... it's a vast, well categorized, moderated forum that would be a lovely fit for your topics without size limitations. I, for one, would subscribe to your works! :-)

    ~Miz B

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    1. After being invited to attend a "training shoot" of yours (my first voyage into the world) i was incredibly surprised at how natural it all felt, the atmosphere made me want to dive right in, and i had no part in it! :) Just watching the models and photographers work was enjoyment as is. Made me more motivated to find my multi-million dollar idea, so i can make being around the sets more of a day job than one off chance encounter...Thank you for it by the way Miz B!

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    2. Ah but you did play a part in it, my good man! You made a fabulous contribution to the ease and energy! It's very rare for us to allow anyone {clothed} on set because of the way "lookie-loos" throw off the dynamic ... you were that rare voyeur who seemed to be a contributing force instead of a distraction. You were an honorary nude ... or perhaps that was only in my head! ;-) Door is always open for you! ~Miz B

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  3. I visit Literotica quite often as I enjoy written erotica as much as visual. The problem with publishing there is I like the idea of having the story with the image that inspired me to write the words. Since I don't own any rights to the images and most of the time the photographer doesn't even know I wrote a story; I doubt many will be anywhere but my hard drive and maybe the blog of the image originator and thus my limit kicks in. I have and will post in parts if I know it's ok with the blog owner and I know they will keep my posts together if somehow another comment may slip in between my uploads.

    I have emailed the story to the photographer for their own enjoyment. I sometimes do this with my good friend and outstanding photographer of the nude Dave Swanson - http://shadowscapetruth.blogspot.com - as his images have been a great inspiration to me. He made a flip comment to me one time that we should do a book - he'd shoot the images and I'd write the stories. A very nice compliment but I would have to be a much, much, much improved writer than I am now.

    After snow blowing yesterday evening the 6 inches of snow we got yesterday I worked on the image story of this post until about 4 a.m.: I know nice to be retired. I've got the start and end but the middle is the hard part of this one - according to Word I'm at over 11,000 characters and spaces and need a paragraph or two to wrap it up.

    While I don't hide on the web, I use my initials for brevity not to be anonymous, I don't like to publish my email in my comments as I get more than enough unwanted email now as it is. I subscribed to this comment giving you my email. So if either of you would like to have a story send me yours and I will email it to you.

    D.L. Wood

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  4. Found this while perusing a Tumblr site. Made me go Hmmm.

    "Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you’re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur."
    — Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

    D.L. Wood

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    1. Wow ... I'm going to let that percolate before I comment in depth, but my mind just went boom a little at first glance! There's quite a ring of truth ... things that make you go hmmmmmm indeed! ~Miz B

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