It is an honor to say that this blog has become the third laureate of the prestigious "I Understand and I Wish to Continue" Award. This award, created by Mariana Pinheiro of Gatochy-fame, is a way to counter-attack Blogger's censorship of erotic blogs, by drawing attention to the fact that many of these have quality content. If you read this you have already been through the ridiculous splash screen by google/blogger that states that "Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog's content is objectionable...". This stupid content warning has unfortunaly quiete an impact. My readership has been cut down to nearby the half, something that becomes understandable if you are googling for fine nudes. You still find this blog, but the subline doesn´t read anymore a space dedicated to contemporary erotic photography, instead it is the infamous "Some readers of this blog...". Something that is of course completely misleading and will only tease folks who search for the more kinky stuff (but they will unlikely search for fine nudes) while my actual target group will believe that they better skip this page.
This blog was from the beginning on something like my personal collection of fine nude photography, something like the book I would print if I had the chance to do so, or the pieces I would like to hang on my walls. It is my very own definition of what I believe to be art in this specific genre. This definition of art is not only very personal, it is also something that is beyond language, something that cannot be defined by tags, labels or rules.
Anyone who tries to approach art by using terms like objectionable or NSFW hasn´t understand anything at all.
I understand that the net and it´s major players are still representative for an (US) american culture where a nipple slip can lead to a nation wide frenzy and Thomas Kinkade is the most collected living artist. I understand that this kind of prudery actually oversex everything, turning all art that contains the slightest bit of nudity into something filthy and forbidden. I understand that I am one of many fine blogs, like a flower a day or art nudes, that are put on the same level with any porn page by folks who just suffer art angst.
In fact I do Not Understand but I Will continue.
source image by Natasja Fourie