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. :^)