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Erotic, Aphroditian, Venusian
Sunday, April 27, 2014




It is bizarre to me that the word erotic, whose root is Eros the Greek god of love (Cupid for the Romans), does not have an equivalent such as aphroditian, aphrodisiac is something else, and venusian is in the realm of science fiction. Aphrodite (Venus for the Romans) is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. In some sources Eros is a sort of minor god as he may have been Aphrodite’s son.

Whichever way you look at this we use erotic (with its male provenance) to denote a feeling we have which may manifest itself in a reaction from our bodies (in my case I am too old for that) or simply in our imagination (that applies to me at my age of 71).

I believe that the erotic that is pure imagination somehow is distilled and much more powerful. I find it visceral, a paradox as this feeling is not in my guts but upstairs where my mind while in a stage of decline has more life than my viscera.

For many years I was a frank admirer of the erotic photographs of Helmut Newton. There is one in particular that his remained with me for years. It is a photograph of his wife (known as Alice Springs) taken at the dinner table with her breasts casually exposed.

I believe that Newton’s talent lay in doing stuff that was odd in a small but discomforting way. His famous photograph of a woman riding on a woman (wearing a saddle) in what could be a hotel room is such an image. It is beautifully lit and composed but the idea is odd, even off the wall.

Of late I have been pursuing this task of representing Eros my way. It is fun particularly when I work with my latest muse a woman who is over 50.



     

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