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Sharing the viewfinder

"The “gaze” is a term that describes how viewers engage with visual media. Originating in film theory and criticism in the 1970s, the gaze refers to how we look at visual representations. These include advertisements, [...]

Werner Herzog – Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – Official Trailer

  Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Working [...]

18 Photos Of Celebrities Before And After Photoshop

Celebrities already have an arsenal of image improvement tricks, like make-up, the best personal trainers, plastic surgery, and the list goes on. That list also includes tweaks and touch-ups using Photoshop software.   Read more [...]

Emily Ratajkowski poses nude and gets all feminist again

From buro24/7: On women enjoying sex: "Sex is normal. Desire is normal. Attention is normal, and that's okay. That's really what slut shaming is, right? You talk about this in your book Promiscuities. A woman talks [...]

The 45 most seductive women of all time

From the article at buro24/7.com.au: "What makes a woman seductive? If you ask Leonardo da Vinci, it's the mysterious, beguiling smile of a certain Mona Lisa. For Botticelli, it was tendrils of golden locks swirling [...]

The great art cover-up: Renaissance nudity still has power to shock

From the article by Jonathon Jones in The Guardian: Sistine Chapel buttocks are veiled, while Leonardo’s Leda was so saucy she was destroyed. But prudish censorship only confirms the pulling power of art. You never [...]

Article: If famous works of romantic fiction were written while dating in 2016

From the article from The Daily Life by Clem Bastow: "Last week, after another no-show Tinder date, I poured my heart out in a Facebook status (diaries are for chumps): despite my enduring optimism about meeting [...]

Fomosexuality? Interesting phenomenon…

From the article by  Dr Nikki Goldstein at news.com.au "Our lives have been overtaken by the concept of FOMO, and this ‘fear of missing out’ on anything is pushing us to quick fixes and further [...]

Article from The Book of Life: Sexual Non-Liberation

From the Book of Life: We are repeatedly given messages that we live in sexually enlightened times, that we belong to a liberated age. And therefore the implication is that we ought by now to [...]

What I’m listening to… Rolfrolf ‘Scared of Your Love’

    Lyrics Source: rolfrolf.com   I heard you’ve been here asking for me I never thought I’d see you around didn’t expect you’d be looking for me in this part of town My [...]

How Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick Wrote ‘White Rabbit’

When Grace Slick wrote “White Rabbit” in late 1965, she never imagined the song would pave the way for psychedelic rock and inspire several generations of lead female rock singers, including Pink, who covers it [...]

Photographers I Admire – Lutz Dille

From The Compassionate Eye of Lutz Dille by Vincenzo Pietropaolo: The street is like a stage of everyday life, the public sphere of much of our existence, especially in larger cities where the critical mass of [...]

Penis size interacts with body shape and height to influence male attractiveness

Before clothing, the nonretractable human penis would have been conspicuous to potential mates. This observation has generated suggestions that human penis size partly evolved because of female choice. Australian researchers have found that penis size [...]

What I’m Watching… ’Masters of Sex – Season 3′

According to Robert Lloyd, the Los Angeles Times television critic, the show is a "handsome thing, another well-dressed romp through the American mid-century, when things (we imagine) were simpler and (so we like [...]

And you wonder why I don’t use Facebook

From the article by Nick Whigham at news.com.au Could your social media activity get you banned from entering the United States? THOSE travelling to the United States may soon be asked to hand over their Facebook and [...]

From article: Forget romance. Some women just want sex

From the article by Vanessa de Largie at The Courier Mail We’ve known for a while now that clean-cut Richie Strahan is Australia’s newest Bachelor, and it has just been announced that TV news anchor Georgia [...]

Article: Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

From the article at Psychology Today: Let's start by getting our definitions straight: An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in [...]

June 2011 – June 2016 Five years on tumblr!

I started my tumblr 'tantriclens' in June 2011 as an exercise in training my eye to admire good compositions, use of light, pose and all the elements that pull together to make a great image. Then [...]

Updated! Playboy Without A Hefner – Article

From an editorial on HOP by Cooper Hefner: Yesterday, I did an interview with Business Insider. The piece was titled, “Hugh Hefner’s son speaks out against Playboy’s decision to go non-nude and sell the Mansion.” I spoke more openly [...]

What I’m reading – ‘The Greatest Wisdom – A Philosopher, Poet and Athlete’ by Zac Scy

Excerpt from her post: "This morning I woke up to the news that the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali, had passed away. I’d like to share some of his quotes and thoughts with you [...]

Signed up for Werner Herzog’s Masterclass!

  When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking. You’ll learn [...]

What I’m reading – Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking [...]

Article: Mirror Sex: Why We Absolutely Love Watching Ourselves F*ck

From an article at Elite Daily, Gigi Engle on LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX Watching ourselves have sex is a turn-on in itself. You get to take on two, very sexually exciting roles all at once:  the voyeur [...]

What I’m watching…François Truffaut documentary: ‘La Leçon de Cinema’

  The documentary examines Truffaut’s life and career in astonishing totality, highlighting selected clips from many of his best and most-loved films, including under-appreciated gems like his crackerjack movie-within-a-movie, Day for Night, and [...]

Emilia Clarke: “You know I did it, why can’t the boys do it?”

If you haven't seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones (episode five: 'The Door), stop reading NOW. For those that have, you'll probably be aware of the, ahem, revealing scene in question. In the [...]

Photographers I admire: Terry O’Neill

  From Wikipedia: Terry O'Neill (born 30 July 1938) is an English photographer. He gained renown documenting the fashions, styles, and celebrities of the 1960s. O'Neill's photographs display his knack for capturing his [...]

Do you play ‘The Long Game’?

Watching both videos will only take several mins. Yet, YouTube would advise that this is WAY too long for an successful online video in 2016. Think about it.      

What I’m reading… Joy St James aka ‘The Scholarly Slut’

Her latest post: Trumpschmerz She describes herself as a postmodern Moll Flanders. Adventuress, transgressor, verbal ecdysiast, and yogini. Recovering prude, former nerd, brainy bimbo. Her essays and erotica have appeared in various print anthologies and [...]

RIP Philip Townsend 1940 – 2016

I only just read that Phillip Townsend passed away earlier this year. www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/apr/26/philip-townsend-obituary See Photographers I Admire - Phillip Townsend to see why I lament his loss. As the Sixties swung and Britain subverted the [...]

Photographers I Admire – Phillip Townsend

Bio from the Morrison Hotel Gallery: The British panorama of the 1960s was photographed by a young worldly gentleman who worked as a photojournalist for Tatler Magazine. As the cultural movements of the 60s swung [...]

Photographers I admire – Astrid Kirchherr

  Astrid Kirchherr (born 20 May 1938) is a German photographer and artist and is well known for her association with the Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voormann and Jürgen Vollmer), and [...]

Article: Seeking a connection to the earth… A look at modern paganism

From 'Seeking a connection to the earth... A look at modern paganism': Paganism is a broad umbrella term for earth-based polytheistic religions — anything from Greek traditions to Nordic, Celtic and beyond. Unlike Abrahamic religions [...]

Jawdroppingly beautiful footage of a RC drone flying through a firework display will leave you breathless!

  The spectacular display is filmed by actually flying the drone through the middle of the display – the results are staggering. Mind you... were they just lucky? Flying A Drone Through Fireworks [...]

What I’m Watching… ‘Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht’

Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht ("Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night"). The film is [...]

What I’m reading… Sexuality in Western Art

The book covers art from the so-called "prehistoric Venuses," cave paintings and carvings and takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the whole of western art (with a few diversions to eastern art such [...]

The secrets of filming sex scenes and why I prefer real in my art

To hear most actors tell it, filming sex scenes is no turn-on. There are big cameras, of course, and big crew members that come with them. It’s a performance with a stranger-turned-scene-partner, for a director [...]

When Sex Ed Goes Wrong – by Evan Cooper at HOP

From HOP: Talking to teenagers about sex is difficult – no one wants to do it but everyone agrees it is necessary. But for millions of teens, both in the US and elsewhere, sex education [...]

Article – The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Sex by Pamela Madsen

From the blog post by Pamela Madsen What we are is fragmented and that is what we are conditioned to be. We are conditioned from the earliest of ages to successfully sever the core of [...]

Recommended – Photography tutorial: ‘Exploring lighting and exposure’ with Ben Long

Well, actually I'm not watching this excellent series of videos at lynda.com. I watched them all years ago... It''s just a heads-up to the many people who ask me where they can learn about photography. [...]

Robert Cornelius’ Self-Portrait: The First Ever “Selfie” (1839)

Oxford Dictionaries announced their word of the year for 2013 to be “selfie”, which they define as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded [...]

A rising trend – Females assert themselves in sex-selfies

The word ‘selfie’ was coined in Australia. The first use of the word selfie in any paper or electronic medium appeared in an Australian internet forum on 13 September 2002 in Karl Kruszelnicki's 'Dr Karl [...]

The 25 Year Difference

Enough said! And here is another. This time the advancement in only 9 years.  

The Future of Sex Tech Looks Awesome/Terrifying

From the article b Laura Secorun Palet: Would you 3-D scan your genitals? Or have sex with a robot? How about tracking your intercourse with an intimate wearable? You might want to start thinking about [...]

What I’m reading: Two Decades Naked by Leigh Hopkinson

From the article in The Guardian Is working as a stripper honestly empowering? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself since I quit stripping 18 months ago, after spending two decades naked. It’s also a [...]

Oculus Rift is going to destroy families and relationships

From an article by Kyle Smith Smartphones today are zapping dates, dinners, conversations and spontaneous meetings so everyone can disappear into his own independent iFog. Another filmmaker, Wim Wenders, foresaw this as far back as [...]

What I’m reading – Romping Through the Apocalypse by Joy St James

  A new post by Joy St James... From Romping Through the Apocalypse, the latest post from Joy St James: Some people get drunk. Others take drugs. Still others channel their worldly despair into workalcoholic [...]

Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention

With an oeuvre that’s both innovative and enduring, the US photographer Ansel Adams is almost universally regarded as a master of his craft and a pioneer in photographic art. Because his black-and-white landscapes [...]

What I’m reading… ‘David Bailey’s Democracy’

From An Introduction by Desmond Morris... When viewing these portraits it is important to make a distinction between nudity and nakedness. To me, these are naked bodies but they are not nudes. Traditionally the nude [...]

Why Females are Selective… In the Vagina

We seldom think of ourselves as “purely biological” organisms, but it’s a good exercise sometimes. If we take our conceptions of love, sexuality, and self-actualization out of the picture, we occasionally stumble upon some really [...]

Why does our Instagram generation think its snaps are so special?

When two amateur photographers on a cruise took the same picture of an iceberg, one accused the other of plagiarism. This ridiculous row is just the tip of a very ordinary iceberg From the article: [...]

 

Recent Quotes of the Day

Quote of the Day – January 15 2017

"Sex ought to be a wholly satisfying link between two affectionate people from which they emerge unanxious, rewarded, and ready for more." Alex Comfort

Quote of the Day – January 14 2017

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” Paul Strand

Quote of the Day – January 13 2017

"The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting." Gloria Leonard

Quote of the Day – January 11 2017

“I will only let you touch me if your hands are so full of intention that every brush of your palms feels like you writing a novel on my skin” Azra.T  from “Braille

Quote of the Day – January 10 2017

“If you bring your sexual impulses to your creative work… you’ll be working from deep in the genetic code, down where life wants to make new life and feel good in the process.”  Eric Maisel

Quote of the Day – January 9 2017

Interviewer: “Are photographs less powerful now because there are so many of them in the world?” David Bailey: “No, it just makes the good ones even more powerful. Digital and Photoshop just moved mediocrity up [...]

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