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There are about a million and one names for girl parts. I'm not even going to list the ones I DO know. But I find it a bit frustrating that there isn't a word that rolls off my tongue in a way that expresses how I feel about those precious areas.
I have sort of settled on "Pussy". To me, it is endearing, has an old charm, and is just a tad naughty.

Anyone who takes even a casual stroll through my gallery will see many shots of pussies. Close ups. Detailed close ups.
WTF you might ask.

Some years ago a model came in to shoot nudes and asked me not to shoot any images where her pussy lips showed. I asked her why since we were shooting NUDES! She said she thought her pussy was ugly. My heart sank. Why would a lovely young model ever be made to feel that ANY part of her anatomy was ugly? Where did that concept originate? What kept that belief alive? Who said what to her?
I told her I thought it was beautiful and asked her if I could take a photo, as I saw it, and show it to her. Much to my surprise, she consented. When I showed her the photo, she broke down and cried. "That's actually really pretty", she sobbed.
Over the years I asked many models what they thought of their girl parts (and other parts of their bodies too) and they overwhelmingly disliked their girl parts!!
And there is no ONE TYPE that people (women AND men) seem to prefer. Women with prominent labia lips wish they were less so. Women who are all tucked in and hidden wish they had lips hanging out.
Of course, that's the tip of a very large iceberg. Large breasted girls wish they had smaller ones. Small breasted girls wish for larger.
Part of this is the human condition to long for our preconceived notions of what perfection might be and much of it is what's popular at a particular time in history. Marilyn Monroe would be considered fat today. Whatever.
But…back to pussies. I LOVE them. The line, the form, the textures, and the profound metaphor of what goes on in those nether regions.
I shoot them a lot because I want people to REALLY look at them. To appreciate them. To understand this is where life comes from and where wonderful pleasures live. To see, truly see the beauty in that singular area.

I know my images make a lot of people uncomfortable. Many people get irritated by a pussy shot being on the front page of DA. But MOST of the "art" on the front page of DA on a daily basis isn't what I like either. But people are here enjoying themselves. Who am I to judge? I just choose to not look at images that I don't enjoy. I'm here for FUN! Not only do I NOT LOOK at images I don't enjoy, I CHOOSE to NOT go to their galleries and I choose to NOT comment about how their art makes me uncomfortable.
OK…I'm sure everyone gets my point.

My objective is to allow people to see the beauty I see. I want to show what I love. I want women to love their bodies… ALL of their bodies and cast aside societal notions of beauty and perfection. It took me years to learn to love myself and more years to learn to love my body. I still occasionally wince when I look in the mirror and aging has made that even more challenging. Furthermore, men face the same challenge of names. Penis sounds awfully medical. Cock sounds like a porn term. Dick sounds slanderous. I just call mine "The Dude!"

But, I digress, back to pussies… I love them, I'm going to photograph them, I'm going to display my images. I can't, won't, and don't feel responsible for how millions of DA users are going to feel about my work. I won't discuss "what is art and what is porn" any more either. It's an unresolvable, endless, pointless, circular bore. DA has a "mature content" filter for people who don't want to see these types of images.
And for those who DO like these types of images… more pussies to come.
(did I say that out loud?)

Off to have a Heineken and post a photo.
UPDATE:
:iconsenshisoldier: sent me this link. Check it out!!
www.brightonbodycasting.com/de…
  • Listening to: the hum of the G5
  • Drinking: Heineken
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RaineBerry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree to your thoughts. People should stop striving for something they aren't. They should learn to embrace who and how they are and they should stop being grossed out by the mere nature of how we are without our clothes. There is nothing wrong with being naked, to feel comfortable with being naked and there is nothing wrong with any parts of our body, doesn't matter if male or female. And I have to admit, that there is nothing more beautiful than a female being naked. It somewhat gives me peace and I feel calm, looking at such.

I love your art. People might not understand, nor agree, but in my opinion, you capture really private moments of all your models, view them in different way. It's great.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!!!
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:iconraineberry:
RaineBerry Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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alex192 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Reading this journal was the highlight of my day
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ZenAkita Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Michael, your ability to capture the flow of a womans body is just brilliant. I have followed you for years. Many photographers shoot women and their images are sexy, maybe porn, maybe a beautiful woman. YOUR IMAGES are masterful artwork, i have never seen any photographer that can artfully capture the beauty and flow of the womans body landscape.

I am often in Awe with your use of light, DOF and your conceptual shots. Your creative shots of the pussy are mind-blowing conceptual art pieces.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks Bill!! Much appreciated. I see a shot of Casino Point!! I was just there diving recently!
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ZenAkita Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
:) Seriously thanks for writing back.

Catalina is an amazing place! Its truly an honor to be able to hear your point of view and see your work. Thx for sharing it man.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
my pleasure!
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overseer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Digital Artist
You know, I really liked reading your journal entry and I don't read many that I come accross. The important thing is to do what you enjoy and the irony is that just recently they had this article out here about 'is nude art actually art' or something along the lines. In this case I'd say yours definitely is.

However, the main reason I'm responding is your story about the model that you had to convince with a photo that there was actually nothing wrong with her. I find it astonishing how many women feel they are not beautiful or feel that something is wrong with them. Being I man I am putting the blame firmly where it belongs: With fellow men. The women I met/talked to in whatever way had their confidence taken down a few notches by men, by being told either some parts are too small, too big, too 'fat' or whatever. Even open told by their partners that they preferred blondes, while the woman in question wasn't. It annoys the hell out of me.

If I do not feel entirely attracted to the person I am with (in any way) then why would I pursue a relationship with them, make them feel bad in the process and then leave someone behind with a shattered confidence? It makes no sense to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that is why there isn't a single human 'model type' falling off a conveyor belt, but a wide variety of people. Hell, I guess there even has to be a tolerance for ridiculous silicone enhancements which some men apparently (for whatever reason) like.

Reading your story just made me angry at whoever is/was responsible for that model believing that she was ugly, even if only in parts.

And well, if your art can help to see the nice side of something that is a bit of a taboo still (sadly) or not seen as pretty by I'm sure a good few people, then do carry on!
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RaineBerry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful words!
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