Sunday 16 February 2014

Friday 14 February 2014

cupid on Valentine's Day

Graffiti found near Oranienstrasse , Berlin Mitte on my visit with Suki last summer.

Wednesday 5 February 2014


In a recent article in the Guardian about strippers (here), the journalist wrote,
Once a month, there's a life drawing class in the White Horse. Both women and men turn up to produce lopsided drawings of pole dancers. Theoretically, while the strip club might be in jeopardy under new proposals, the class would be safe. Watching a naked woman hang upside down by her leg is acceptable as long as the purpose is not "sexual stimulation". The two situations are seen as so disparate that the one is a focus of fury, the other a quirky but genteel pastime.
So it seems that a dancer moving is sexually stimulating but if she stays still for a life drawing class then she is no longer sexually stimulating. Watch out Suki - don't move or you might be closed down!

It reminded me of the old Windmill Theatre. There the dancers had to be still in a tableau when they were naked so as not to get closed down by the Lord Chamberlain. There too the naked body, if still, was regarded as being artistic as naked statues were not regarded as being morally unacceptable. But if they dared to move ... !

So I wonder if still nude photography may be artistic, but if one makes a video then it will become sexually stimulating and classified as porn?

Here is a recent photograph of Suki keeping very, very still. (The projected words are from one of her poems. Suki is a writer really.)