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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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:iconraineberry:
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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:iconpelicanh:
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  Hobbyist Photographer
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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:iconpelicanh:
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  Hobbyist Photographer
:) 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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:iconpelicanh:
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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:iconraineberry:
RaineBerry Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful words!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. Vielen Dank.
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alex192 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
This is just a... gorgeous comment, I agree 100% wholeheartedly completely!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks so much....so well said!!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Digital Artist
You're welcome and thank you.
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:icontreeclimber:
TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
:hug: to you Emily!!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Digital Artist
:cuddle:
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MeecesMikMouse Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
Might I say that your interpretation has changed my mind about some of the imagery I have seen here. I certainly can differentiate now!

I have to say, I loathe much of the front page stuff myself... If it's popular, it's front page. Less and less do we see legitimate, hard-worked, organic art that deserves appreciation. And even sometimes I see photos of deviants taken myspace-esque style. I give these art pieces a chance. I read their descriptions. Nine times out of ten, they'll be like, "Oh, how do I look? <3 <3 <3" and I get really frustrated with that. This is NOT what you're doing however. Therefore, I've come to greater appreciate your work.

I too don't understand why we as humans find it necessary to constantly belittle ourselves rather than accept our own special gifts (hell, I do it to myself even!). If one of your goals is to re-introduce us to the simplistic beauty of the flesh, then by all means do so. That is what art is all about. :)
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
learning to love ourselves isn't always easy!!
thanks so much!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a wonderful journal. :) Thanks for writing it. Off to wander through your gallery now.
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Gelfayr Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Well said.
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Duck-Pwincess Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
"I want women to love their bodies… ALL of their bodies and cast aside societal notions of beauty and perfection."

Your photos are beautiful, but 99% of your models are flawless - fairytale faces, perfect breasts, flat stomachs, hourglass hips... the exact embodiment of said "societal notions", building on the view that this is what beauty looks like... it's photos like these that make normal women insecure about their bodies because they don't match these kind of high standards.

just a thought.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
How we feel about ourselves is a choice. I don't feel insecure about my cooking when I see immaculately created pastries, I don't feel less than a man when I see football players do their thing. Choosing to harbor resentment or insecurity rather than reveling in appreciation and admiration smacks of a sort of victim complex or pathological insecurity.
"She likes that, so she must hate me" is flawed thinking and nothing their partner can say or do will change it. Only the insecure person can change how they perceive, accept, and project themselves in the world.
It took me MANY YEARS (til my mid 40's!) to learn to love and accept myself as I am and realize the genetic "perfections" of other men was not an indictment or insinuation of MY imperfection. It simply meant we were different.
I'm skinny, I'm not rich, and I'm not a particularly handsome man...but I LOVE who and what I am. Life is about choices.
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Duck-Pwincess Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
so you don't think our idea of beauty is at all shaped by the things we constantly see others appreciating as beautiful? i get your point with the choices, but it's hard to construct the belief that one is beautiful when all one sees portrayed and widely accepted as such is another form,very different from one's own and very specific in its criteria and almost unanimously accepted everywhere as the definitive example of beauty. pastries don't have feelings, people do; if the pastries could feel and one saw thousands of people in awe of the beauty of the other i'm sure it would feel inferior. and it's hard for, say, fat women to love their bodies when all they see portrayed as beautiful is skinny women. Loving who one is is one thing; loving the body in which one is trapped is another.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
For me it all boils down to health. Like I said, I'm not particularly attractive, I'm skinny, and I'm not rich...all stupid things our society holds up as "beautiful". But...I love who and what I am and I take care of my body. While I am "trapped" in a skinny body...I LOVE IT because, regardless of what TV says, I am healthy and I love me. Marilyn Monroe would be considered fat these days while a hundred years ago a skinny girl would be pitied because she OBVIOUSLY didn't have enough to eat.
The trick is to love ourselves, take care of our bodies, and love who and what we are. My sister is VERY overweight and blames her "Thyroid"...but the truth is she suffers from self esteem issues and eats more than she needs. In the US, our population is massively overweight, not because they are "trapped" in their bodies but because they eat too much, eat poorly, and don't exercise. My point is, I think it is too easy of an out to blame social notions for our lack of self esteem... but I can only speak for myself and what I struggled for years to overcome. I no longer give a rats ass about what thousands of people are in awe of... I'm just happy and healthy.
It's a choice.
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You sir, are speaking my thoughts. Kudos. ^_^

Was once a 'fat girl' and am now 'that in-shape girl that turns heads' as I've come to realize has been happening since I stopped being such a lazy-ass.

Walking to work every day (4 miles round trip), has dropped most of my excess body mass, and muscles are starting to show form and my figure is shaping to be what I can FEEL I was meant to have! I can move and do all those things I loved doing as a child - like climb trees without getting stuck between branches...or hurting myself because my joints couldn't handle lifting/hoisting my body through the tree branches!

It took me years to get past the opinions of society, and I decided that either people like me, or they don't, and if they don't, then they can piss off. I am me, this is what I was born with, and I can either hate it and treat it like crap, or I can love it, and do my best to keep it happy!

I love life, and despite the ridiculousness of people around me, I love being who I am!

Screw you society!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
SOOOOO true. I think loving ourselves has consequences of us taking BETTER care of ourselves too!!
So good to hear you are so healthy and happy!
:hug:
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Mikita-Shikaku Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I enjoyed reading your outlook on this subject. I do not mind my appearance downstairs. Never really thought much of it in particular, but I don't think it looks repulsive or anything. Don't mind the people that give negative feedback. People have negative feedback all the time, especially if it has ANY connection to religious beliefs. "Nudity is shameful. The Bible says blah blah blah..." That's when I say "That's your opinion. Keep it to yourself. I'm not giving you my opinions about why I don't like your hypocrisy." People always have to have something to hate. It keeps them going. Me? I have to have something to love. It keeps ME going. :heart:
Hell when we were born we were naked. FREEDOM! :lol:
When I was younger, in middle school and such, I didn't view nudity as an artistic form. When the art teacher showed us the artistic nude sculptures and the like in the book, I turned my nose. I said "This is not art." But now that I'm 24, I see nudity as an artform in itself. :)
Sometimes I've thought about whether or not I would like to be photographed in the nude. I would like to model, maybe lingerie and stuff like that. Nudity? Maybe that too. I'm a very artistic person.
I myself appreciate the artistic views of the female body. You take really good shots. Keep doing what you do!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
I think you SHOULD do some nudes. Do it while you are young so you will have and cherish the images forever. Not necessarily to post on DA but to have for your own keeping and records!!
Not me about it!
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Mikita-Shikaku Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Not you? haha
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
LOL...damn typo....NOTE me!
;)
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Mikita-Shikaku Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I figured that's what you meant. Haha
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Kizziesama Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Well said :clap:
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fantasia1940 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for sharing all your thoughts on this; truly gives me a deeper appreciation and respect for a dignified artist's point of view and his images. i feel inadequate about myself too- boobs too big, girl parts ugly... but it probably is pretty normal. thanks for taking a stab at easing everyone's insecurities with your knowledge. :)
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grodpro Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
I like to call it "cookie"
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
so many good names!
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grodpro Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
and so little time to get to know them all :)
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evanescentdesign Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm one of those people who feel uncomfortable seeing... well those pictures; front page or not. I always wondered why photographers like you love taking pictures of girl parts and here I am wondering why you do and stumbled upon this entry. I understand on your point of view.

I never thought if I liked my girl parts or not. I don't worry how I look actually. But it's private and I guess you could say you're considered a special person if I were to show you. lol! But I just worry about my health since I'm suffering an illness and focusing on getting better. I've been called anorexia or even fat (wut?) from others but it never bothered me. My mom taught me to just love myself and I love how you explained about women's insecurities. Thanks for explaining this! Respect!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm happy to hear your Mom taught you to love yourself. I wish I'd had that lovely idea planted in me at a young age.
Good luck with everything.
THank you
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evanescentdesign Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My mom raised me well. :) Thank you and keep doing what you love!
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Eludajae Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
More power to you my dear. As a woman, a bi woman, I love pussy's there are no two the same, they all tell a story about the woman they are part of. There is nothing more intimate than a woman's pussy, even more intimate than her lips and I melt over pouty lips. I love all parts of a woman, I cherish all of them, but there is something about a pussy, they are more than special.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
so true, and not just from a sexual standpoint. They are LOVELY art, they have personalities, and the intimacy of being near that area is very special. All of this not to mention birth.
Yep - truly special!
btw....BI women ROCK. My fav.
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Eludajae Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Yeah hear that everyone??? I ROCK!!!! heheh :)
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
I actually think everyone should have some bi experiences...male OR female. I think it is healthy to experiment and find out what you TRULY like and don't like instead of just making a judgement without ever REALLY knowing.
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Eludajae Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I agree.
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Dread-and-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love the link!!! I am in complete agreement with all you've said. Bravo sir! I've looked at vaginas and everything associated with them as the most beautiful human appendage/organ/extremity of all. I love them so very much!
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K3LCH4N Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree with you :) And I think your work is beautiful!
Have you ever considered taking pictures of different women types (thin, fat, black, white...)? I think it would be very interesting!
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
there is quite a variety in my gallery.
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3-degrees Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe that what you do definitely helps - I was not sexually active until a couple of years after I had viewed your photography (late bloomer :paranoid:) and I have never felt that that area of my body is ugly. I attribute part of that confidence in the beauty of it to you, your models and your work.

All of these 'designer vaginas' and censorship in porn mags really don't help. Men expecting perfect smoothness don't help either - there is hair there obsessing over that fact only contributes to obsessing over other aspects of its appearance. I also have to wonder, for those who choose to wax, whether pain might cause an association of loathing with the area... I know I generally hate things that hurt. Even the fast that you feel the need to CHANGE anything in that area starts a bit of a slippery mental slope. (Having said that, I wouldn't stop shaving... it just feels so much better, hahaha).

LOL, sorry for over-sharing a bit there. We all need to talk about pussies a bit more though, I think. :blush:
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