I have been following Emil's work since the 90's and have never seen anything even remotely objectionable, but then again I didn't think the photographs in question were erotic either. They were just beautiful photographs.
I can understand why Emil pulled the photos, and they are the same reasons why I don't post certain photos at all. It is the conservative/religious wingnuts that really ruin it for everyone who don't have their mental problems. (That is not to say all conservative/religious people are wingnuts or have mental problems. Not the case.) It is ironic that in this country, the USA, those same conservative/religious people are obsessed with freedom and small government, all the while trying to dictate the behavior of everyone else. That fact though is of course lost on them.
To whomever used the word pornographic to describe Emil's photo- if you think calling someone's photograph "pornographic" is an opinion and not an insult you are the one that needs to reign it in. Insults are not opinions.
I am really tempted at this point to post some photos for Emil. :)
It was discussed above that the "community standards" test deals with the definition of "obscenity", not pornography.
And the quote with the chicken is:
“It’s erotic if you’re using a feather. It’s kinky if you’re using the whole damn chicken.”
You need to spend more time out on the edge. The difference between pornography and erotica isn't that big a deal--at least you're not going to get arrested if you cross the line. The difference between porn and obscenity, that's a different matter. :)
I want to see Emil's "other" work. Art and sensuality/sexuality is a fine mix... it has been since the beginning of human kind.
Just try to make things clear. Erotic, nudity, pornography, sexuality and sensuality are all different words and should not be mixed or confused altogether.
If you see photos of African women totally naked, bathing or just posing, that is nudity. Nothing else.
If you see photos of young models posing in studio, this is mostly nudity and erotic.
When there is more exposure with the erotic acts, then that is sexuality or sexal acts.
When the subjects are engaged in explicit sexual acts with full exposure, then that is pornography.
Anyway, this is enough. I hope I'm not confused here.
Seriously , which bits cause nudity? What act is sexual? A kiss? Tongues or no tongues? How a bout fully clothed girls kissing somewhere other than a studio? It gets stupid fast.