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Shai4883Alogoweb by Pelicanh
Shai4883Alogoweb
Another version of the shot of my dear sweet friend, Shai. I like this version better.
Thoughts?
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Pigeons0838a by Pelicanh
Pigeons0838a
and roaches will be here long after we are gone too. A comment as a follow up to my last image.
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AH yes...social injustice... a familiar bell ringing in my old hippie ear. Shall I wade in?? Well...I'll go in ankle deep here, OK. 

This is no a problem that has a solution. It has only agreements to disagree. 

I disagree profoundly with the KKK but I defend their right to free speech and, yes, even when it points it's boney finger of vitriol my direction because of some of the beliefs I hold dear. 

I have an idea..."Hey, Muslims, if you don't like Charlie Hebdo cartoons, don't fuckin look at them" because there are MILLIONS of your brothers who are peace loving, free speech defending, and TRUTHFUL practitioners of your "faith". Matter of fact, a French police officer that these guys murdered was Muslim.


In a society, we have to have rules, laws, and boundaries. I could possibly drive 50KPH in a 25KPH zone but there are laws against that because at some point in time, lawmakers decided the risk to reward balance was too great to drive faster than 25. Even though I am (confession alert!) a bit of a voyeur and even a bit of an exhibitionist, I don't have or watch sex in public because there are laws against it (damn!). I SHOULD be able to freely fuck on a city fountain, but some Bible thumper took exception to it when someone did it once, so lawmakers did their thing.

This silly analogy can be extended to the extreme, as it was/is with Charlie Hebdo. 


The French have laws against veils, crosses, etc etc for a just that particular social reason. Frankly, I'm iffy about it, but if I were Muslim, I'd abide by that law because it is the law of the land I choose to live in. Don't like it? MOVE, or get involved in the accessible French system to try and change it. Terrorism has historically not worked and now the Muslims have an even BIGGER PR problem. Even folks who disagree with some of Charlie's provocative tactics, have now come to defend their "right" to publish what they will. Millions of dollars have now poured in to keep that magazine running and people are flocking to want to work for the publication.

So perhaps nocturnaliss.deviantart.com is right, "And as I write this, I get this feeling the third world war has already begun, and nobody has quite understood that yet (and I also hope I'm wrong)."


The hope I maintain is that we are now coming into an age where people are more informed, more educated, and more world aware. With education, statistics suggest, religion dissipates and it's power shrinks. Not in my lifetime I know and probably not even in the lifetime of my children, but if humanity survives, my hope is a larger awareness of the consequences of actions will precede the actions themselves. That is my HOPE. 


In the meantime, I turn 65 in March and am able to see more clearly the scope and limitations of my own sphere of influence to make this hope become flesh. But as I have produced two children who now share this hope, Mr. Jihadist just had a litter of 7.


Rather than take up more space, I will simply refer you all to the Bard, who said it best.

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II, Scene VII   www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/yo…

AH yes...social injustice... a familiar bell ringing in my old hippie ear. Shall I wade in?? Well...I'll go in ankle deep here, OK. 

This is no a problem that has a solution. It has only agreements to disagree. 

I disagree profoundly with the KKK but I defend their right to free speech and, yes, even when it points it's boney finger of vitriol my direction because of some of the beliefs I hold dear. 

I have an idea..."Hey, Muslims, if you don't like Charlie Hebdo cartoons, don't fuckin look at them" because there are MILLIONS of your brothers who are peace loving, free speech defending, and TRUTHFUL practitioners of your "faith". Matter of fact, a French police officer that these guys murdered was Muslim.


In a society, we have to have rules, laws, and boundaries. I could possibly drive 50KPH in a 25KPH zone but there are laws against that because at some point in time, lawmakers decided the risk to reward balance was too great to drive faster than 25. Even though I am (confession alert!) a bit of a voyeur and even a bit of an exhibitionist, I don't have or watch sex in public because there are laws against it (damn!). I SHOULD be able to freely fuck on a city fountain, but some Bible thumper took exception to it when someone did it once, so lawmakers did their thing.

This silly analogy can be extended to the extreme, as it was/is with Charlie Hebdo. 


The French have laws against veils, crosses, etc etc for a just that particular social reason. Frankly, I'm iffy about it, but if I were Muslim, I'd abide by that law because it is the law of the land I choose to live in. Don't like it? MOVE, or get involved in the accessible French system to try and change it. Terrorism has historically not worked and now the Muslims have an even BIGGER PR problem. Even folks who disagree with some of Charlie's provocative tactics, have now come to defend their "right" to publish what they will. Millions of dollars have now poured in to keep that magazine running and people are flocking to want to work for the publication.

So perhaps nocturnaliss.deviantart.com is right, "And as I write this, I get this feeling the third world war has already begun, and nobody has quite understood that yet (and I also hope I'm wrong)."


The hope I maintain is that we are now coming into an age where people are more informed, more educated, and more world aware. With education, statistics suggest, religion dissipates and it's power shrinks. Not in my lifetime I know and probably not even in the lifetime of my children, but if humanity survives, my hope is a larger awareness of the consequences of actions will precede the actions themselves. That is my HOPE. 


In the meantime, I turn 65 in March and am able to see more clearly the scope and limitations of my own sphere of influence to make this hope become flesh. But as I have produced two children who now share this hope, Mr. Jihadist just had a litter of 7.


Rather than take up more space, I will simply refer you all to the Bard, who said it best.

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" Act II, Scene VII   www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/yo…

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Cherielou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well I figured any encouragement to post more was
worth a shot. <3 Especially if you kept comments disabled.
But I know you have your reasons.
ps: Thanks for visiting my page! Totally made my day that you'd have a peek!
Your work inspired me a lot and showed me that nudity doesn't have to be
demeaning, it is empowering, beautiful, and natural, when done right, so that is
what I aspire to create, but in a different medium. <3
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
happy to have had a second to enjoy your work! Look forward to more!
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magamo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Bucket list:
1. Meet the mighty Squicken, Master of All He Surveys and future Lord of the Galaxy.
2. Attend Burning Man. Get sunburned.
3. Learn some Japanese. Visit Japan.
4. Collaborate with Pelicanh on an art book of surreal image and word.

:heart:
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
1) Yes please!!! Come visit, hang, and drink with us!
2) DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! 2015!!??
3) Me too! Hope we see each other there!
4) YES!!! Let's chat!

Love and miss you my dear friend!
M
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magamo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014

1) Maybe late next year. I definitely want to meet the Dauphin before he starts college!

2) Unlikely – I'll still be building our new house in September. But 2016 might work.

3) Watashi no hobākurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu, Michaelhelms-san.

4) Yes we must! You have a portfolio of the most remarkable erotically surreal images, both delightful and distinctly dangerous, crying out for an artistic presentation with serious intent (to knock the viewer’s socks off!). I see them twinned with hand grenade blasts of thematically-related automatic (or at least dream-like) writing sourced from a variety of authors, representing different cultures and languages. Copyright could be an issue in many instances, but that’s what research is for. It would be fun to supplement your existing catalogue with new images conceived and executed specifically for this project.

 

Love you! xxx

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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
1) Yes please. You'd love him!
2)Damn...OK 2016!!
3) Your hovercraft is full of eels!???? lol Even Kaz had a hard time translating that one!
4) Did I send you a link to my images?? If not - I will

LOVE YOU!
XO
M
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bringmepieskm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for 3 years.  Im going back there in a few months to live permanently, so I completely understand the craziness that foreigners have in Japan.  Such a beautiful country, Im looking forward to living the rest of my life in that country.  Glad to see other people appreciate Japan.
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm envious. I may move there too
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:iconwysinwyg:
wysinwyg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
My lifelong dream is to go explore Japan. Not the cities, but the outlying areas. I envy you. Thank you for the images.
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
put it HIGH on your bucket list. It's amazing.
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:iconaya-creuset:
Aya-Creuset Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have fun in Japan, Michael!!! Hugs from Chile.
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Will do! Thanks
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
happy birthday ........
:iconchampagneplz:
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Cherry-Buttons Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I miss seeing your nude work here on DA its what inspired me so in the beginning.. I hope Squicken is keeping you busy and happy! ^_^
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
I miss posting them here...but not the hassle it caused. I'm sure you totally understand that! Thanks so much
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Cherry-Buttons Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Totally understandable. Do you still do them at least? do you post anywhere else?
haha yes I get the occasional creepy/ troll email or comment but so far my DA experience has been pretty smooth considering I know how bad other nude models or photographers get harassed, I feel pretty lucky, hopefully that doesn't change! 
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yea...I still shoot nudes occasionally but not as much as I used to.
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Dude you know I love chicks!!!! Funny post. Love the shots of your squid! I'll bet he is a handfull but you love every minute. Well, mostly.
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
all true!!! :)
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:iconwysinwyg:
wysinwyg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
As Dad's we come up with weird (sometimes) ways to chronicle our child's life but there is NOTHING like right NOW! It is truly an amazing experience!
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tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
9 million views!! damn! how are you doing this!
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
I used to have a lot of nudes in my gallery but I took them down. Plus - I've been here a while. ha
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
damn, those nudes should have been the key! have a nice day ;)
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MattCharrouf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You did a picture once that I'm in love with and can no longer find and I would seriously just love to look at it.  It's an image of a woman's behind and not much else and she is wearing like some sort of sheer dress and has a clitoris piercing.  It's like the most beautiful picture I've ever seen. Anyway, I'd love to see that again.  Thanks.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wish I could repost all my nudes but it was too much hassle. NOT a place to post nudes if you want mature responses and respect for your work as an artist. But a dandily place to get attention if that's the objective.
If I knew which image it was, I'd email it to you. 
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