Photography and Sex

image of visual sex in death valley

Visual Sex Captured in the magic of the Death Valley Sunrise.

Photography and Sex is a vast area but to keep it simple let’s look at photography as visual sex. Have you ever been out photographing when before your eyes an image that excites you appears. When you find such an image what do you do? Do you shoot right away? Do you explore to make the visual effect more exciting? Most shoot right away but some explore to find a way to convey that visual sex to others. The image above is such an image. I set up in the sand dunes early before sunrise for what I thought would be the best shot then planed two other shots knowing the magic light lasts only 5 minutes or so. The shot shown above was the second shot and was directly behind the first shot. After my first shot I turned and was turned on but the color a form of the image above. I went to the place I had planned but that was not the best so I moved and found a better place for the image capture.

I just read this morning “The Taking of Artistic Photographs” was chosen as the 7th sexiest creative behavior. This does not surprise me as in my mind photography is visual sex. The act of making a creative photograph involves a relationship between the visual creative and the subject that is fully shown to the viewer. The photographers camera looks both directions, it sees what is in front as well as behind its lens. As a photographer you have to be part of your work or your work will not show feeling and emotion. If you are not an ingredient part of your work your image will just be a snapshot.

A good exercise is imagine you are on a stage think of an imaginary audience and you go backstage and remove all your clothes. Your clothes represent things about yourself you want to hide from the public (things that keep you from showing your true emotions). Now put back on the things you want to hide and go back on stage. Now think about what you are hiding and how that inhibits what you visually show in your images. Does it hurt your creative work? I would love to hear how well this works for you. Do not forget to subscribe so you wont miss the next blog. Until next time “Keep on Shooting”.

About John Aydelotte

I aspire to pass on some of the 40 years of imaging knowledge I have acquired. I have a true passion for imaging and wish to enjoy my retirement from Commercial Photography by creating images from my heart. I am still taking a few Freelance jobs but would love to teach and lead others on their amazing photography journey. I have two grown children and 7 grandchildren. I am focusing on photography, education and retirement.

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