Eroticism is a philosophical contemplation with a focus on the aesthetics of sexual desire, sensuality and romantic love: ‘the very word “erotic” implies superior value, fine art, an aesthetic which elevates the mind and incidentally stimulates the body’.
I happen to agree with this definiton. It’s exactly how I approach my own erotic nude photography. I aim for artistic value, aesthetics, and I am trying to turn on the mind.
I think these days, the mix of nudes, erotic art, porn, fetish - and whatever else is out there - has blurred the lines. How you define one genre in comparison to another is completely subjective. I tend to classify erotic art as something that is sensual and suggestive without being too overt in sexual content. It’s a broad definition to say the least, but it’s one that allows me a certain amount of creative freedom as well. I have to trust my own judgement and sometimes I do find that I have gone too far. Other people may approach erotica very differently and what we used to think of erotic in the past, well, we see that everyday in advertising and on our TV screens.
How do you define Eroticism and Pornography? I am curious.
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