I like this photo.
How similar they seem. Even Pygmalion would have a hard time deciding which one was the statue, and which the real flesh and blood female. But what I find most interesting about this photo is how the naked girl on the left might be considered porn by some, whereas the statue on the right, equally naked but made of marble, is perfectly acceptable. Again, one of my major questions is, where does porn end, and art begin? It is a question that often has no answer, which is one of the reasons I find it so intriguing. I also enjoy observing how apoplectic the neo-puritans become over what they perceive to be improper sexual images and themes in art or literature.
Again, it is wonderful how very similar both the nude woman and the depiction of the nude woman, in stone, actually are. The statue shows just how skillfully and subtly a good sculpture can create the softness of the female form. A true master knows how to mold his material in the most deceptive way possible. This photo neatly shows the tension between art, which is often considered an imitation of life, and life itself.
When considering whether something counts as art or porn, we must decide if the image degrades the subject. In your picture (which I like) the girl is in a simple nude pose. Images of sex or masturbation are not even necessarily pornographic because they do not always demean the person.
You wrote the other day about Paganism holding on, and I agree. Paganism did not have a rigid moralism regarding sex and nudity because it believed sex to be a gateway to the transcendent, that the act of sex itself could be transcendence like prayer or meditation. Those peddling hardcore pornography and those pushing puritanical nonsense are equally guilty of lowering the value of the human form and eros.
Btw, I am the same commenter who runs Osculare Dominum.
Southern Man said:
There’s erotic photography, and then there are photos like this where hours of preparation went into this single shot. Thank you for this splendid exhibit of beauty.
Racer X said:
Thanks! I’m glad you appreciate this photo. I always enjoy posting such things.
Racer X said:
Thanks. I agree that too often hard core porn and puritanical nonsense demean the true beauty of eroticism.