Whether people want to admit it or not, there's something incredibly hot about geek girls. They're smart. They have awesome taste in movies and comics. And, they are gorgeous.
I am frequently asked if it is weird to have naked pictures of my wife all over the internet, and so I thought maybe I could provide some insight into what life is like married to a model, who happens to also be my muse.
I never set out to write anything erotic. As an author I know that when telling a story, your description of places, people and things has to be accurate down to every detail; that's how you pull the reader in by allowing them to mentally 'see' what you're talking about. Whether it's someone walking down the street or an interaction with another character, the better you draw the picture the easier it is for them to visualize it.
In 2005, the World Erotic Art Museum was introduced to Miami, Florida. WEAM, as it is referred to, is located in the heart of South Beach, the art deco district, where freedom of expression is all around you. The museum uses its vast collection of art and artists to illustrate the history of erotic art. This X-rated house of art is home to an over 4,000 piece collection dating back from the year 300 B.C. to present day.
Florence-born photographer, Guido Argentini, studied medicine for three years at the university of Florence before discovering a passion for photography at 23. He turned his hobby into a profession and began shooting fashion and beauty. His natural aesthetic for the human body is unrivaled and his work has been published in many of the worlds leading magazines.
Since the beginning of time, or at least the dawn of the daguerreotype, one subject has captivated artists of all mediums and movements alike with its beauty, intrigue, and mystique; The female form, for many, even those God fearing amongst you, there is nothing more beautiful than a naked woman. Any woman, any time. Erotic photography has captivated artists, such as one of its forefather Irving Klaw, theoreticians, and consumers for two centuries. Prior to 1839, nude renderings were namely produced via drawings, paintings and engravings, all of which lacked the detail and veracity of the photograph. Thus, there was something inherently more illicit about an erotic photograph than a painting of the same subject. They were considered closer to real life. It was from that fetish, depicting people in fetishistic situations such as bondage, BDSM, transvestism, and domination that Irving Klaw found his calling.
He was a self-made photography giant. She was the most famous woman in the world. Together, Bert Stern and Marilyn Monroe's collaboration resulted in the now-classic The Last Sitting, a series of photography sessions that produced over 2,500 images that are both haunting and poignant. The photographs give us a glimpse of the complex starlet's different sides, as well as what was to come: her tragic death a little over a month later.
John Thornton's work might be mistaken for that of Guy Bourdin or Helmut Newton, but under the scrutiny of self-transformation for which his composition and unique color sense have become the primary means of initiation, Thornton’s photographs conflate the social barriers that define our concepts of reality and fantasy. He is amused by the paintings of Magritte and fascinated by the work of engravers such as Dine, Hockney, Edwards, and Fallon. Thornton confesses to an absolute love of women (his favorite subject), of color ("I am incapable of seeing in black and white"), of electronic lighting ("My strobes have a total power output of 2,000 watt-seconds"), and of the good natural light of our old sun. He adds that his collection of lenses range from 20mm to 500mm, that he checks each pose with a Polaroid before shooting, and that he conceives of his photographs as fairy tales.
In my limited experiences as both a photographer and a roue, I have found it generally to be more difficult to persuade an attractive young woman to remove her clothing for purposes of art photography than for purposes of engaging in an illicit tussle in the hay. Such persuasion is definitely an art, but is not impossible. Masters such as Terry Richardson have made careers of it. With one of his first campaigns featuring women in short skirts with public hair showing, few would argue that Richardson didn't master this skill set early on. So how does he do it? How can an aspiring photographer entice women to pose for him as if she were posing for Terry Richardson?
They weren’t wearing hats, and in 1923 women without hats sitting in public cafés were looked upon, even in Paris, as prostitutes. Man Ray, the great dadaist artist and photographer, once observed the prejudice and described it in his illustrated biography entitled Self-Portrait. One of the two young ladies was Kiki, a model much sought after by the poor painters of Montparnasse who later gained worldwide fame; She soon became Man Ray’s mistress and his favorite model as well.
Berth Milton Senior, founder of Private magazine, was the first in the world to start a full color sex magazine. The year was 1965. An aunt gave Berth Milton Sr. his first camera when he was six years old and he demonstrated a precocious faculty for persuading women to shed their clothes when he took a girl called Carol and his baby Brownie into the nearby countryside: "I was nine years old and Carol was twelve. It came out just natural; She wanted to show herself off."
Helmut Newton's photographs are characterized by an atmosphere and style which immediately identify his work. German by origin, Australian by necessity, and French by choice, this uncontested master of fashion and beauty photography has provided Vogue, Lui, Playboy, Marie Claire, and Nova with photographs that are celebrations of imagination and spirit, sparkling with eroticism and provocative sensuality. A lover of the demimonde, of the artificial and the superficial, Helmut Newton is uncompromising; He understands himself completely. He is a rare example of that perfect accord between fantasy and photography, that total dedication that is absolutely necessary for creation. In this interview, originally published in the 1976 April/May issue of Penthouse Photo World, Newton clarifies, in abrupt terms, his artistic stance.