THE MKULTRA EXPERIMENT.
An experiment in visually capturing sexuality. All of the images you see here are from my cameras, as I chronicle the beauty of sexual form. Taking over your mind and conscious, one sultry, sensual, suggestive and sometimes slutty image, at a time...Come overdose and let your mind wander deeper into its primal, gutteral, instinctual self...
nakedangrydoll asked: Another well versed response. The longer your posts get the better ^_^ but I still have gray area to play with.

I believe as educated people we always seek for meaning and purpose in any and everything touched, heard, and seen. As a major in philosophy I use logic and reasoning to explain and justify the concepts I am surrounded by. Art is meaning, a message, dressed and delivered in creative ways whether they be conventional or abstract.

You used the imagery of a patriotic dildo being used on our hypothetical buxom blond with the words "The World" sprawled across her midriff. If that symbolism were not there, what would be the meaning of her nudity? If our blond was simply pictured there as she was with her vibrator what would be the purpose of that image? A priest as absorbed within Western religion as he is can understand the meaning of the patriotic vibe and the blond though he finds it crass and it will be labeled as art. Can a nude female (no matter how many lights are involved ^_^) playing with herself with no symbolism or theme attached still be considered art? The general public will say no.

There was an art exhibit by the famous (or infamous) Jeff Koons called "Made In Heaven". It shows him and his then porn-star wife in blatant and raw acts of sex. There's even a picture of him finishing on her face. Of course to try to sugarcoat the pieces, there are butterflies and other props in the pictures, but it's still a series of pictures of two people fucking. It caused controversy of course but the question remained, "Is it art or is it porn?" The lack of symbolism and meaning would cause the exhibition to lean into classifying as pornographic. But is there more?

Made In Heaven — Or Hell

Thank you for the compliments! They are appreciated. I do try to make at least some sense when I write. ;^)

Art is, indeed, imbued with all manner of meaning and messages. In fact, it’s integral to the creation of the piece: the creator had to convey something to the viewer.

Were our favorite blonde bare, with a plain toy, the purpose and meaning of her nudity would probably change, but would be no less valid. That meaning could be manifold. For example, it could be that of capturing a moment of vulnerability. It could be conveying the appeal of the voyeurism that we all possess. Or it could be simply that nakedness (both physically and metaphorically) is our native state, nothing to be ashamed of, and something to be treasured. The purpose could simply be to titillate. Or it could be to celebrate the joy of sex. It could be to encourage the sexual liberation of women. It could be many, many things, again none any less valid than another.

The idea that there is no symbolism in the appearance of a naked, unadorned woman with a vibrator is a fallacy, and a pernicious one at that. Such a view assumes that there is no inherent beauty, no deeper meaning to the human form or condition, or portrayal of human behavior and emotion, other than that which comes in fully-clothed or ironic presentation.

The general public, again, would be applying a litmus test to the art, which shortchanges meaning outside of the obvious, or surface appearance.

Mr. Koons exhibit didn’t lack symbolism. It was simply lost on those who disapproved of the work. <shrug/> The art-or-porn question — to me — specifically and inherently posits that the the depiction of sexuality can only be taken at a very shallow face value. 

There is ALWAYS more. The question is not whether the artist intended more, but whether the public at large can, or is willing to, see more.

Animalistic aka Out of The Shadows
She likes to be dominated and be &#8220;beast fucked,&#8221; so I captured her in that vein&#8230;
nakedangrydoll asked: Very thorough response. I like your legal reference as well. But to throw a wrench in your very cohesive argument, doesn't the material or subject itself determine whether the piece is pornographic or not? A piece which features a well oiled buxom blond with her mouth agape bringing herself to catharsis with something that uses double "A" batteries, upon sight would be considered porn. The artist would attempt to pass this at art to the general public, but "we know it when we see it". What would you say about this?

Thank you for your comments! This is quite a touchy and interesting subject, with much nuance, to be sure. You raise interesting questions, so let’s go!

To your points: The material or subject matter is exactly what’s NOT at question. What is at question is the societal norms extant at the time the material or subject matter is viewed. And to which society does one hew, is the logical follow-on question. Is it the norms of the puritanical minority or is it those of the more numerous, yet much less vocal (perhaps hidden), “counter culture” group by which we judge the piece?

Remember, it was not long ago that showing a kiss between people of different races on screen was against the Motion Picture Code of Decency. Now, you can’t turn to a music video channel without some man of African or Latin descent tonguing down or nearly fucking Becky next door.

My (perhaps crassly made) point is that the criteria we use to judge is highly temporal in nature, and is so mutable as to nearly irrelevant. 

The image of a well-oiled, buxom blonde reaching orgasm with her device might be seen as high-art, if that dildo is painted to resemble an American flag, and she has the words “THE WORLD” scrawled on her fetching midriff. It’s all in the context of the image, including the irony, the composition of, and the point behind, the piece. It’s just as sexual, just as overt, just as explicit, but now, somehow, it’s “different.”

What we really know when we see it, is that a work was produced. What we then apply as a litmus test, based in large part on a celebration of (the appearance of) virginity, chaste and celibacy (even if the reality were completely different) rooted in the western religious thought that sex was “the original sin,” because the dominant attitude of the western church from the Middle Ages to today (in some places) was that sexual love, and therefore the act itself, was evil and never ceased to be so.

The artist could have every reason to press his view that the work was not pornographic but against such a stacked deck he’d lose, even if his work were lit by six or more lights! ;^) J/K

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Just a little look at the hidden treasure is sometimes more arousing that the full show. The combination of the panties and slightly-obscured treasure is über-erotic.
High-Contrast Fuck
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Shape And Form
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nakedangrydoll asked: This experiment, would you consider it more pornographic or artistic? My father is an artist and I have been exposed to different kinds of art. It always blows my mind what passes as "art" and what society classifies as "porn". This brainchild of yours adds fodder to this thought of mine. What would you classify it as?

Is it Black Tail or High Art?

Very interesting question…Hopefully, I’ll provide as interesting an answer.

I consider this a totally artistic endeavor.

Obviously, the difference between the pornography and art is in the eye of the beholder. And even then, it’s quite subtle. It’s been that way historically. Even when Justice Potter Stewart said “…I know it when I see it…” in the 1964 Jacobellis v. Ohio decision, his statement was highly amorphous; it lacked concreteness but at the same time it was clear.

My point with saying all of that is, I think there is a very subtle difference between what I post and what could be termed “pornography” but the difference is still clear. My images are art — to me — because, while at times some may be seen as prurient, I’m always looking to emphasize the beauty and form of the people I capture. Rather than portraying the people as solely and merely “erotic tools,” I’m hoping to convey something about them that is unique and beautiful, outside of their erotic value.

Of course, I’m not doing this solely for some altruistic, artistic selflessness, or just to uplift the “seventh art” (the motion or still picture). I’d be lying if I said I was. I do want the images to titillate, to inspire, to flat-out arouse (at various turns). 

It really comes down to this: the difference between “art” and “porn” as I see it, is that I’m using at least two lights to compose many of my images, so I’m making art. Just kidding. :^)

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