February 28, 2015

Sookie Sirene - Colour self-portraits

Since I got apparently only some weeks left before this blog is definitively closed by google (via Blogger), I will post some more material by my favorite contemporary photographers, either amateurs or professionals, with high or no notoriety. I'll post too some stuff I was keeping in my "to post" folder cos' time is missing now. Today it's Sookie Sirene (previous post here), who follows her singular path through her own inner torments using her body of mature woman, far from the insipid young female models that most nude photography forces on us, to create a visual translation of all her (and ours) mental storms. She often use surimpression. I'm not very fond of this merging images technics but I must say she does it well. What I find fascinating is her creativity in ceating expressionist body postures. It would be hypocrite to deny there's an erotic power in these pictures (sorry M Blogger, don't look at it if you are shocked, I promise to put kittens soon on this blog, funny that Sookie Sirene actually often poses with cats but this is not the pictures I used, stupid I am). But it's surely what makes them so strong, everyone knows (except bigots) that Eros & Thanatos walk hand in hand (actually bones in genitals). Sookie Sirene's site (actually a blog on tumblr, maybe the place I should move this blog to) is always here

February 23, 2015

Just received an announce that Google will kill Scoptophilia

I received that (sorry, I didn't find an English version of this message) : Cher utilisateur de Blogger, Nous vous informons que nous allons bientôt apporter une modification au règlement relatif au contenu de Blogger. Celle-ci est susceptible d'avoir une incidence sur votre compte. D'ici quelques semaines, nous n'autoriserons plus les blogs où sont publiées des images ou des vidéos montrant de la nudité ou à caractère sexuel explicite. Lorsqu'elle est représentée dans un contexte artistique, éducatif, documentaire ou scientifique, ou lorsque l'importance des enjeux pour le public nous conduit à ne pas prendre de mesures relatives au contenu, la nudité restera autorisée. Le nouveau règlement entrera en vigueur le 23 mars 2015. Après cette date, nous limiterons l'accès aux blogs qui, selon nous, ne respectent pas le nouveau règlement. Nous ne supprimerons pas de contenu, mais seuls les auteurs des blogs concernés et les personnes avec lesquelles ils ont expressément partagé leurs blogs pourront voir le contenu que nous aurons rendu privé. D'après les informations en notre possession, votre compte est susceptible d'être concerné par cette nouvelle règle. Veuillez ne pas créer de contenu qui serait contraire à celle-ci. Nous vous demandons également d'apporter les modifications nécessaires à votre blog existant pour le mettre en conformité avec celle-ci le plus rapidement possible et éviter ainsi toute interruption de service. Cordialement, L'équipe Blogger. 

My answer.
First I don't accept your "cordialement". You should have the dignity to consider that a death sentence is not a cordial announcement. Fucking modern times when every crime has to be done kindly.

Second, you apparently consider my blog as not artistic or educational. A rather narrow-minded vision of art and education. I would like to tell you that some media such as the Guardian have included links to Scoptophilia in their papers to illustrate some exhibitions. But surely this is no proof for you. And clear that it's no less than fascism, you do not give me a chance to plead my cause anywhere.

Third, the phobia of nudity is surely the worst thing that occurred to humanity in the last 40 years and the one that made me quit soon this world without any regret. Listen google mates, you have dicks, vulvas, asses, you shit you fuck you piss as anyone else, you surely look at porn secretly, feeling guilty and masturbating feeling a piece of shit when all this is only natural and is neither dirty or bad but only basic physiological functions that we should try to live with the highest level of pleasure, joy and acceptance. This would surely reduce a great part of horror on this planet. But you don't care about all that. You only want to please the religious and moral lobbys. So I won't remove any content, I won't change anything until my death sentence day, March 23, 2015. You are tartuf(f)es, great and pathetic contempory tartuf(f)es. Surely you don't know this name. This is a famous Molière's play character. Read it here and you'll see you in it like in a mirror. Now it's up to you. You got the virtual gun in your hands to destroy 5 years of patient and altruistic work.

February 14, 2015

Various - Stereoscopic daguerreotype's nudes

The Daguerreotype was the first photographic process that allowed a long-lasting conservation of the taken images. Invented in 1835 by Louis Daguerre (he was French), the technic was considered by some as the end of painting (it was actually not) in particular Turner. Here I selected the stereoscopic pictures, a way to create movement using the optic physiology of the eyes. The technic was used widely only over a 10 years timespan, being replaced by more convenient technics, the reason why most of the pictures were from 1850/1860. For us, there's a really magical dimension to these images, not only because these images have something visually full of mystery, a gothic flavor, but also because seing nude humans that lived almost 2 centuries ago provides a weird feeling. And it's fascinating how female nudity was quickly a privileged thema of the male photographers although times were rather prudes. Some of these shots are even bending towards pornography. Make virtually love with women bodies older than our grand-grand-grand mother is a pleasure that we have no reason to avoid. 

February 8, 2015

Gert Jochems - S

I think it's S for Sex. Or Sexe since Gert Jochems (born in 1969) is from Belgium (but not French-speaking part of the country). He's also a sociologist, and it's great he found a way to express his interests in photography and in social sciences on a similar level. Can't help to think about Leslie Krims when I look at these weird scenes of everyday people's sexuality. Not a small compliment since this american master has always been one of my faves. If there is more fascination than excitation in these shots, if some may provide some supports for mockery and disgust, it's a precious document on the incredibly rich variety of sexual practices in the contemporary population. Rather sinister and depressive in a way. But actually this work is not meant to give a message but seems to say "it's up to you". Photographer's site (with more to see) here

February 4, 2015

Inside Flesh - 2008-13 works (suite)

I posted previously once about this  alternate porn collective(here). They really propose something else, hybrid, crossing the art and porn riverboards with this visual bridge that is as interesting than it is exciting. Actually, it raises a weird feeling compared to porn. To be a part of it and not only scoptophilian. Maybe the highest virtue of this work is to stimulate the desire to experiment, to live these body rituals and ceremonies and not to only be passive and guilty viewers. Yes a truly liberating approach of sex for sure. More here. These works can be bought and are printed in 20cm x 20cm (8" x 8") format on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl G310 paper.