The interesting thing about photography is that because of its documentarisic quallities it can depict very reallistically a naked body or a sexual act. Yet, the problem lies when eroticism is not merely a reallistic snapshot of the sexual moment, but the capture of the feeling of it, where non visual arts excel at such as poetry and music. Even in painting and sculpture, the depiction of a naked body is not enough to reach eroticism, but the interpretation of the artist is what captures the real erotic emotion.
SOunds like you have a good idea of what you are looking for. "erotic is personal. I like the second definition given on Dictionary .com. It sums up erotic for me
Tending to arouse sexual desire.
What sparks that desire for you? For me it is the entire package-clothing, voice, look, body language, scent and touch. I do not find the nude human form to be erotic. depending on how the image is presented, the feelings will range from total indifference to appreciation, to humor. I may be completely wrong but eroticism seems to appeal to a higher level of feeling and emotion and requires all of the senses. I have never seen an erotic image, nor do I think I ever will. I feel a two dimensional representation of a person cannot be erotic.
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004
These are some of the books I have on the subject of Erotica. They contain photographs that I consider erotic as well as photos that are less so and some that maybe porno. But thats what makes a horse race.
Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotica
Venus ---------Michelle Olney
Love Lust and Desire-------Michelle Olney
Know Your Number------Selby
MAsterpieces of Erotic Photography
Women A secret portfolio
CLassic Farber Nudes---Robert Farber
World of Eros
Helmet Newton---name it, any book
In Camera ----Christian Vogt
Any David Hamilton
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Pictures like this usually touch my hearth, I find them very erotic. LA type of 'erotic' (porn) sometimes does touch my hormones but never touches that real feel deep inside you. (That's probably what arigram ment with shallow already.)
BTW arigram how can you compare Max with those other magazines?
BTW2 any links to pictures like the one I mentioned are more than welcome.
Quinten: What's the difference between Max and the other Male-oriented magazines? They all feature lusty cloned women, pseudo-political articles and consumer guides.
Well you could be right, I only have two very old max magazines. One has a great B&W arty shoot in it the other a slightly different style of the common. I do remember holding some recent ones in my hand and it didn't appeal so maybe they changed.