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“If I was taking an erotic photograph of you, I would ask you to…”

When I saw the prompt for Wicked Wednesday this week I was a little overwhelmed to be honest because I could literally write half a dozen or more posts about erotic photography and me. So what should I pick, where should I start, what is the answer to this actual question?

And then I read Brigit Delaney Sinful Sunday, My most naked reflection, where she talks about posting an intimate image of her vulva…

“maybe I fear that if I show photos likes this, they will be seen more as porn than as art, and since art is goal, I shy away from going this far.”

“At first, when I began considering my theme for this year’s FPF, I thought this would be my final shot…the big bang…the most revealing thing I could show. But, instead, I’ve decided to embed it, to take away its place as “crowning glory” of my “nakedness,” because really, this is not the most private part of me.”

And it got me thinking about my own thoughts on posting images of my vulva and this idea that genitals are inherently pornographic.

I think one of the first ever really graphic images of my cunt that I posted on my blog was this series, Camera, Crop, Cum. They were taken on one of Michael’s visits to the UK and I loved them but I can remember fretting over whether I should publish them or not. Obviously I went with throwing caution to the wind and shared them and I have never regretted for a moment any of the intimate images I have posted of myself. In fact just a couple of months after posting that series I started the Pussy Pride Project, a meme to encourage bloggers to share pieces about their genitals (please do join in if you wish) and to kick things off I shared this piece which was basically an ode to my cunt alongside a fairly close up shot of my pussy.

Over the years there have been many more, from the humorous and silly, Heigh-Ho, to the provocative, Being his Lolita, the seasonal, Behold, the abstract, The Essence of Things and the playful, Cherry Delight to name just a few but the one that I probably agonised over the most and really had to talk myself into posting was Challenging Sexy (contains graphic image of period blood). At the time I was worried tat people would find it just too much, maybe even disgusting, even though I thought it had a raw beauty to it, but I needn’t have worried because the comments I got where all amazing, even those from people for whom it was not their thing, were still respectful and thoughtful. It remains to this day one of the images I am most proud of on my blog.

But is it, or any of the graphic pictures I have posted porn or art?

The answer to that is, yes. Because that depends on who is looking at them and in what context but I believe they are all art, some of them might make your cunt wet or your dick hard, that might even be their main purpose but that does not mean they are not also art. Art is meant to move you, it is meant to make you think or feel something, and that something might be arousal. It might not, it might the opposite but that does not mean it is not art, good art often inspires complex reactions in people. For some people I know they would look at many of my pictures here, especially the ones of my genitals and declare them to be porn and they might be right, after all the questions of what is porn or what is art is equally complex to answer because it is so subjective. One man’s porn is another man’s art and vice versa.

But this is my blog and my body and I have long ago decided that my cunt is most definitely art.

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  • Focused and Filthy

    Thank you for this post. I’ve fretted over this subject too and finally quietly this week decided with you that a photograph of my vulva can be art and so I will post it. I do enjoy your photographs and enjoy reading about your experiences through your photography too. Thank you
    Missy x

  • Miss Scarlet

    This beautiful image is definitely art and I would be proud to display it in my house.

  • Brigit Delaney

    Yes, indeed…your cunt IS art. This is a beautiful photo. I am becoming braver about sharing mine as art, too. I think you are right about it: people will see porn or art as they choose. And none of us should determine what to share or not based on other people’s opinions. While the photo you mention (of mine) is the first I have posted of my pussy on my blog, it will not be the last. I’m not sure why I was so afraid to show it.

    • Molly Moore

      I am so glad you feel that way about the image you posted as I think it is beautiful.

      Mollyx

  • Marie Rebelle

    Oh Molly, this is a stunning image, and YES, your cunt IS art. This is just beautiful, and I love all the links you have put in here. And that last line? Brilliant!

    Rebel xox

    • Molly Moore

      Thank you

  • Posy Churchgate

    I was intrigued by the title, but convinced by the picture and your words reinforced this. The key is indeed that art is subjective, but the way you have ‘dressed’ the image with other items from nature which echo the shapes and curves of your vulva – which writers often term as ‘petals’. Yep Molly, once again you have pushed the envelope and in doing so you have convinced and influenced a raft of people to your way of thinking.

    • Molly Moore

      To be honest I think all my cunt pictures are art, petals or not, but I agree this one is particularly artist

      Mollyx

  • nopantsendurance

    Well I certainly get a reaction from it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t art, it’s wonderful!

  • Mrs Fever

    I think the ‘art’ element is common in how people perceive and define Eroticism, but I think where the line is drawn on what IS and what ISN’T is so subjective that defining (or boxing in) what ‘counts’ as Erotic Photography is nearly impossible.

    I enjoy your photography, Molly, no matter the subject*, and I think this image is stunning.

    *I find your 365 project photos delightful to view too

  • MariaSibylla

    Molly! This photo is stunning! This photo and your post is inspiring me to try more photos of my vulva. I have very few on my blog, (maybe only one) and your post is inspiring me to be brave.

  • Cara Thereon

    For real. Art! That photo is gorgeous and I’m glad you’ve been brave enough to post it (and continue to post photos like it).

  • Elliott

    Excellent photo, the depth of focus is perfect, as are the colors chosen, Molly.

  • Indie

    To me it is a magnificent image Molly. Tender, feminine, real and artful.

  • Modesty Ablaze

    Oh yes Molly . . . definitely art !!!

    Beautiful, sensual . . . erotic . . . art !!!

    Xxx – K

  • May More

    This is indeed erotic art – the colours and the light and the flesh – gorgeous – and now I know why I have been getting loads of reads on my pussy pride post 😉 xx

  • MartLou

    This floral masterpiece is going up on my living room wall 🙂

  • Kayla Lords

    Oh yes, your cunt is definitely art…and sometimes porn (for me, at least). But also a huge source of inspiration — though that feels weird to say, lol. Maybe not your specific body, but the pictures you take. For a story I plan to write for Masturbation Monday tomorrow, I have a very specific image of my own cunt in mind, and I’m hoping to get the perfect angle and see art in the image. And that was inspired by this image and your art.

  • Troiano

    Desired

  • Lorena Martinez

    Pussy Art Full Force **** love
    “this is not the most private part of me.” #facts100
    #freethecunt
    #pussyart
    #notforthefaint-hearted

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