Quote Originally Posted by bruce terry View Post
Cate- Good point about the darker side, and I keep looking for a whips-and-chains image that moves me positively toward an appreciation of the negative, but no luck so far.

Can an erotic (forget pornographic) art image only be 'art' if it is positive in nature? Your right - no - not if you are totally objective, and that brings us back to Mapplethorpe, where if nothing else we quickly learn what our own personal definition of negative is.

IN a art gallery saw some LF nearly wall size prints where the subject was the shooting of a porn movie. You didn't see anything except the crew and the actors off camera. You never really saw the "action." It was fascinating - and very thought provoking. The subject wasn't very positive - almost negative, especially when the porn actors and actresses were covering themselves and acting rather modest when off camera which was pretty interesting.

Wasn't porn for sure, but interesting in capturing the juxtaposition of off and on camera.