• Dan Murphy: Erotic Tease

    Photo: Dan Murphy

    Posted on December 31, 2012 by Dan Murphy

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    ……….Much of the fashion world seems to be more and more focused around sex. What elicits attraction, desire, and excitement appears to elicit sales, hence the motto “sex sells.” One must be careful though, because the motto does not extend into infinity…For instance, going to far in a fashion magazine will cause the advertisers to pull out, revealing too much in an inelegant manner may offend the moral sentiments of the readers as well as be in danger of bringing one out of the area of erotic art and into the territory of pornography.

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    Photo: Dan Murphy

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    The model and his or her sexual organs must not be objectified or fetishized in most cases of erotic art in order to be fine art. Roland Barthes wrote on the erotic photograph “the erotic photograph, on the contrary (and this is its very condition), does not make the sexual organs into a central object; it may very well not show them at all; it takes the spectator outside its frame, and it is there that I animate the photograph and that it animates me.” It is this totality between the photograph and its viewer, a relationship that holds for more than an instant, a relationship that evokes emotion and memory in the viewer, that is what the photographer strives for in creating erotic images.

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    Photo: Dan Murphy

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    I intended for my images to be in such a vein, to not be objects meant to be consumed and then spit out. The images were carefully constructed and stylized with outfits, costumes, props, poses, and light in order to compose pictures that hold the viewer by being aesthetically pleasing and possessing a narrative. They are not to be taken to seriously though, as that was part of the composition itself. As a society we often see the dreary and gloomy as looking more appealing and alluring. I did not want the running theme in my series to be one of gloom, even if that look we often find “sexy.” Therefore I tried to introduce elements of humor and teases into the shots to keep it fun, because after all, sex is supposed to be fun.

    About The Author: Daniel Murphy is a young professional in Philadelphia and is studying digital and film photography at the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Concept and Photography by Dan Murphy, Copyright 2012
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