I’m so excited for this month’s Xconfessions releases because of the fantastic stories chosen from the anonymous posts on xconfessions.com, AND because I got to work with some familiar faces in some of the coolest sets imaginable.
For release on September 11th is Romance Bullshit: a dreamy sequence where Amarna Miller, a romance writer, throws herself into a fantasy after seeing the irresistible Ryan James emerging from the waves of Barceloneta like James Bond himself. It’s the perfect romance bullshit that will fly off the shelves – a runaway heiress and the golden boy who will show her the kind of joie de vivre she’s been so desperate to find. New to Xconfessions, Ryan James hails from Australia and made for the perfect seaside romance, complete with old-school glamour, along with the unparalleled Amarna Miller.
This confession was inspired by one submitted by a woman in her 40s who recently discovered the allure of such romance novels … and with it, a new sexual awakening!
“In my late forties, I was behaving like a teenager! Was I crazy? Was I an idiot? Was I wasting time? Or was I, for the first time, knowing myself through erotic books & masturbation? I had more appetite for my husband too. All those silly stories I was reading were inflaming the desire for adventures in my own real life. I even wondered, would I dare to have a lover? This is my guilty pleasure: stupid, corny romance bullshit. I know these books are objectively NOT GOOD, and the sex depicted on them is NOT REAL. But I can’t stop.”
Then, on September 24th, comes the dark, sultry rendezvous filmed in my favorite movie theater here in Barcelona, Cinemes Girona. The French confession I picked was about a Parisian who plays the piano in an old cinema-turned-art house in the notorious Pigalle district. One of the partons has particularly caught his eye, and he fantasizes about a passionate tête à tête with a dirty movie playing in the background.
If you have seen my 2008 explicit documentary, Barcelona Sex Project, you may notice that one of the stars is in this Xconfession! Irina Vega has been a star of the local adult scene and I was SO excited to have her back on set … as well as her real life partner and fellow performer, Fenyx Santos. Their chemistry and passion are absolutely palpable, making Cinema X Pigalle one steamy production!
To watch these new releases, and access the expanding catalog of Xconfessions films, go to xconfessions.com to sign up!
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At the age of 14, photographer Cory Richards had dropped out of high school and was technically homeless. His education, he says, was instead obtained through the observation of struggle. Through various forms of discomfort and adventure he would eventually become the first American to successfully summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter (Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II), and launch an incredible career in photography through the pages of National Geographic.
Readers based in London may be interested in hearing that the Hay Hill Gallery, who represent a selection of internationally recognized contemporary artists, will be presenting a double exhibition from the 26th May to the 21st June, showcasing the photographic works of fashion photographer, Marco Sanges, entitled “The Indecent Eye”, and the architectural images of Alexey Lyubimkin, called “City Lights”.
Marco Sanges and possess a matchless photographic eye that creates alluring photography echoing the works of art from the Byzantine, Surrealist and Gothic periods. Not only are his images reminiscent of art paintings but he has ability to transmute and infuse each subject matter with its own and distinctive vibrancy and energy.
From developing and printing black and white photos in his uncle’s photographic lab, Sanges went on, in the pursuit of fashion, to become a photographer for Vogue Italia, before relocating to London where he presently resides. He has been exhibited worldwide, worked with clients such as Cutler and Gross, Agent Provocateur, Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, Trace, Elle, Dolce & Gabbana, and there is even a permanent collection of his work held in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in the United States.
With his exhibition, Marco Sanges invites the public to visit and open their imaginations. As a storyteller, Sanges photographs appear to look more like cinematic narratives, as though we are looking through the lens as the photographer tells his tale. Having been influenced by the silent films of the 1920’s and 30’s, his dark and enchanting images portray the frailty and strength of humanity, confronting the viewer with the conclusion that there can be a funny side to our own mistakes if you choose to see it. Magician, puppet master and photographer, Sanges takes you on a journey of mystique and romantic intrigue in “The Indecent Eye” exhibition.
Having been provoked into deep thought by “The Indecent Eye”, you may wish to proceed through the “City Lights” exhibition in the same venue, displaying the architectural works of photographer, Alexey Lyubimkim. What can be described as love letter to the cities he shoots, revealing the tree and building lines as though they were part of the original city’s design blue-print. With a camera in hand, the lens is like a magnifying glass under Lyubimkim’s scrutinising eye that reveals what our naked eyes can’t see – an ever changing landscape.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1963, Lyubimkim has worked as a professional architect, published the “Russian Gallery” art magazine, developed the growth of the Moscow’s Artist Center at Tretyakov Gallery and Savvinskaya Arts Center, was a founding member of London’s Hay Hill Gallery (where the exhibitions are held), and holds memberships in both the Russian Photo Artists Union and the International Journalist Union. His works have been sought after in private collections across the globe, including Russia, UK, Germany, Mexico and USA.
How does architecture apply to fashion photography you may ask? Well, according to Alex Lyubimkin he says that “Architecture is the most stylish way of culture representation, and… like many people, I like to make my own discoveries. In this variety of city landscapes and cultural traditions no creative person can remain indifferent. I often carry my camera with me, which becomes my interpreter and even my partner… London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world for me.” Be inspired by the lines, shapes and bold use of color in Lyubimkin’s courtship of the cities he has photographed.
Lyubimkin pays homage to the old technique of tinting images but incorporates a variety of contemporary solero hues. This artist’s colour fascination embodies the double take turn of the head towards beauty in amidst the bustle of a metropolitan city, encouraging the viewer to take notice of their surroundings next time they step outside. He brings to the surface the sense of home and belonging, while making conscious of the world around us at a local scale.
To visit or find more information for both Marco Sanges’ “The Indecent Eye” & Alexey Lyubimkin’s “City Lights” exhibitions, the contact details for the Hay Hill Gallery are below:
Hay Hill Gallery
Address: 35 Baker Street, London W1U 8EN
Phone: 020 7486 6006
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.30-6, Saturday 11-5
Pictures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 9: from Marco Sanges’ “The Indecent Eye” Exhibition
Pictures 6 & 7: from Alexey Lyubimkin’s “City Lights” Exhibition
(Source + merci à Robin pour la suggestion)
The project was inspired by the Overview Effect, which first described by author Frank White in 1987 as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. They’re having a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
All images © Satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe | Via: Bored Panda
"Losing my grip." Self portraits.
Gallery of Contemporary Art
From the sublime (Feuerbach) to the downright awful (Lagerfeld).
From gorgeous, sensitive portrait paintings of women, full of detail and texture, colour and stillness to what I would term soft-cock porn. Fashion influenced, hyper airbrushed faces; Saint Sebastian poses referencing classical ideals of male beauty (done so much more authentically and grittily by Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden), all staged in sylvan settings. Then printed onto silver- and gold-coloured fabric. Can’t wait to see that…
Not absolutely fabulous, just absolutely hideous.
Many thankx to Hamburger Kunsthalle for allowing me to publish the art work and photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.
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Installation views of Feuerbach’s Muses – Lagerfeld’s Models at Hamburger Kunsthalle
Oil on canvas
61 x 47.2 cm
© Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover
Photo: Ursula Bohnhorst
Studienkopf zur Stuttgarter Iphigenie [Study of a Head for Stuttgart Iphigenia]
Oil on canvas
62.5 x 49.5 cm
© Museum Oskar Reinhart, Winterthur
Photo: SIK-ISEA (Philipp Hitz)
Iphigenia (Greek mythology) the daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon; Agamemnon was obliged to offer her as a sacrifice to Artemis when the Greek fleet was becalmed on its way to Troy; Artemis rescued her and she later became a priestess.
Poesie, Zweite Fassung [Poetry, Second Version]
Oil on canvas
62 x 50 cm
© Kunstbesitz der Stadt Speyer
Photo: G. Kayser
Lucrezia Borgia, Bildnis einer Römerin in weißer Tunika und rotem Mantel [Lucrezia Borgia, Portrait of a roman in white tunic and red cloak]
Oil on canvas
98 x 81cm
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt a. M.
Photo: Städel Museum – ARTOTHEK
Oil on canvas
137.8 x 99.3 cm
© München, Bayerische
Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek
Photo: bpk I Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung
“From February 2014 the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting an unusual double exhibition on beauty, eroticism and the adoration of muses and models that brings together paintings by Anselm Feuerbach and hit her to unseen photographs by Karl Lagerfeld. In a similar way both Feuerbach and Lagerfeld seek an actualisation of an ideal of timeless beauty founded in the ancient world. The exhibition examines the cult of beauty, which stylises the model to an icon. Over forty works by Feuerbach, most of them from the years 1860-70, will be on show. They are loans from the Feuerbachhaus Speyer and from numerous German, Swiss and Austrian museums ad private collections. Karl Lagerfeld has created a series of around sixty black-and-white photographs specially for the exhibition. Mostly in large formats, they have been printed in a complex procedure onto silver- and gold-coloured fabric.
Anselm Feuerbach (1829-80) one of the most important German painters of the late nineteenth century, lived in Rome from 1856 onwards. The city, with its magnificent architecture and heroic surrounding landscape, was a place of yearning that seemed eligible like no other to revive the classical ideal of ancient times. Feuerbach devoted himself to antique subject matter, which he filled with imagination and personal feeling. This is most excitingly shown in the series of unique portraits, begunin 1860, which portray Feuerbach’s model and muse, Anna Risi, known as Nanna. Feuerbach painted Nana in a wide variety of roles and sensitively staged settings that reveal an almost cultic veneration for his model. When Nanna left Feuerbach in 1865, she was followed by Lucia Brunacci. Similarly to Nanna she matched the classical ideal of beauty of the time, with her Greek profile and thick dark hair. Lucia inspired Feuerbach to impressive portrayals of mythological themes that form the highpoint of his ouevre.
‘Happy is he whom the muses love’, wrote the Greek poet Hesiod, and sothe muses are a symbol of the higher power that is needed, according to the ancients, to be creative. The photographic series Modern Mythology (2013) by Karl Lagerfeld, explores the love story of Daphnis and Chloe, and shows models such as Baptiste Giabiconi and Bianca Balti, who have accompanied Lagerfeld in his work for several years. The story, by the poet Longus, tells of a boy and a girl who grow up without parents among shepherds and over the years develop a strong affection for one another. The narration has been taken up many times since the Renaissance. Lagerfeld’s photographs belong to a series of works by Pierre Bonnard, François Boucher or Aristide Maillol which present the ancient text as a symbol of the idyllic life. Karl Lagerfeld’s stagings were shot against the picturesque natural background of the South of France, and are the actualisation of an ancient theme.
The exhibition is accompanied by two publications: the catalogue on Anselm Feuerbach is published jointly with the Museum Wiesbaden and introduces Feuerbach’s paintings and drawings from an art-historical perspective; the second book combines Karl Lagerfeld’s photographs and Longus’s mythological narrative of Daphnis and Chloe in a bibliophile volume that will be elaborately produced by the publisher Gerhard Steidl.”
Curators: Professor Hubertus Gaßner and Luisa Pauline Fink
Press release from the Hamburger Kunsthalle website
Das Urteil des Paris [The Judgement of Paris]
Oil on canvas
228 x 443 cm
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk
Photo: Elke Walford
Ruhende Nymphe [Resting Nymph]
Oil on canvas
112 x 190 cm
© Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, Leihgabe Privatbesitz
Photo: Monika Runge
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
© 2013 Karl Lagerfeld
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Jen Stark meticulously cuts out thousands of sheets of paper to create her beautiful three dimensional sculptures. Influenced by such things as black holes and other physics of the unknown, she uses an X-Acto knife and other common materials to create the stunning pieces. See more below:
Jen Stark: Website
Creative photo series by Gem Fletcher – an award winning Art Director collaborating with Photographers across the world. Click here for the link.
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior. Transarquitetônica will be on view through the end of November this year, and you can watch the video above by Crane TV to hear Oliveira discuss its creation.
"Just tell me which way you like that." Another throwback self portrait set.
Oppressed Majority (Majorité Opprimée), an incredibly powerful short film by Eléonore Pourriat, focuses on a vulnerable man who is relentlessly harassed and subjected to the sexism and gender-based violence of a female dominated world. Ms. Pourriat made the film in 2010 in an effort to awaken the sleeping voice of feminism.
In France five years ago people asked me if being a feminist was so contemporary. Today no one asks. The feminist fight is more important now. Five years ago I felt like an alien. Now my film is making a buzz because rights are in danger. You see that in Spain with abortion rights. The whole thing about marriage for all, the homophobia and sexism. It is like a black tide today in France. – The Guardian Women’s Blog
via Brain Pickings
There is an insect of the size of a human hand called Tree Lobster, and it can only be found in Ball’s Pyramid, in Australia.
Unless you work at a subway station or a bus stop, public transit can only get you most of the way to work. The remaining distance you have to cover by foot, or just hold off on actually getting a job until the Movpak—an electric-powered skateboard that folds up into a backpack—is available.
Apollonia Saintclair 490 - 20140528 Le beau idéal (What men dream)
Lauren Wade, uma editora de fotos do site Take a Part, uso o Photoshop em diversas pinturas clássicas. Ela retocou obras, deixando-as com o “padrão
FIFA de beleza exigido “de hoje. A Maga do Photoshop fez cinturas incrivelmente magras, braços mais finos, exterminou toda gordura não esquecendo de moldar seios fartos e simétricos. Sua ideia tem base em um apelo ou crítica a quantidade de retoques ”Adobe“, usados nos corpos femininos para fotos em revistas e propagandas no geral. “Eu acho que é uma loucura a quantidade de retoque que as pessoas não percebem …’’
Lauren diz que já vivenciou muito e fez esse tipo de trabalho “‘enganoso” e, infelizmente, esses anúncios servem para definir um padrão de beleza que não existe. Vide a Scarletizinha nossa de cada dia, que ficou nua e continuo sendo gostosa, provando que não é Hollywood que define o que é belo. E antes que você pense que é um sacrilégio ou insulto fazer isso com as obras, lembre-se que o mesmo pode ser dito para as ideias contemporâneas de beleza.
Aviso que abaixo contém peitinhos pintados a óleo. (Mas acredito que não seja um caso de NSFW )
Por fim, há muito a ser discutido sobre o que é bonito, feio, desleixado, sexy sem ser vulgar e etc. E se você prefere mais gordinha, magrinha e peituda lembre-se que gosto sempre vai ser é igual a c… a toalha: cada um com a sua.
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St. Petersburg artist Veronica Azaryan informs me that the two close-up shots are studies and the rest are final images for various campaigns promoting Mousson Atelier’s high-end jewelry. She envisions everything from makeup to framing the shot, and the end result is remarkable with women painted in solid colors and some splattered with gold paint or sprinkled with colored pigments to create beautiful textures. Adding the makeup can take up to 4 hours, and although Azaryan often does it herself, she sometimes invites a hairstylist and makeup artist to help out. Above all these photos are her works of art that she states: “simply comes from the soul.”
Photos © Veronica Azaryan
April is here, and it is a total tease! One minute the sun is shining and flowers blooming, and beach season seems just around the corner – and the next it is raining buckets. Get outside when you can, but for those rainy spring days, go ahead and stay in. Just make sure to treat yourself to our four fabulous releases in Lust Cinema this month – offering the very best in new adult film!
From engaging stories and likeable characters to beautiful HD visuals, this title by New Sensations is sure to leave everyone satisfied. Plus, it’s the 2011 Feminist Porn Award winner for Steamiest Romantic Feature. Ooh lala!
After tragically losing the love of her life, Linda is in need of new distraction, inspiration and vitality. When her friends discover that Linda’s lost love was an organ donor, they send her on a journey to meet the organs’ recipients. Despite her reservations, Linda embarks on a journey that will cause her to reconsider life, its pleasures, and the power of connection.
This short film by Erika Lust is part of the ongoing project, XCONFESSIONS: where your sex confessions are chosen each month to be turned into a short film by the award-winning erotic film director. Two university students find a shared passion, and abandon their studies for an erotic foot fetish game in the library:
“Very timidly I sat next to her and said hello. She surprised me by being very nice, and even asked if I liked her nail polish, and then her feet. She asked if I would give her a foot massage, and I trembled. It’s like she saw right through me when she asked whether I liked to suck feet, and if I found her feet to be suckable. They were, and I assured her by sucking each of her toes.”
When a maid working for the detestable Lord and Lady Shadwell is unfairly sacked, she plots sweet revenge. Seeking refuge with the kind and eager-to-please horse mistress beyond the estate, our heroine devises a plan to rob her former employers of a priceless heirloom.
Set in a lush country estate, this feature by Joybear combines an interesting plot with beautiful cinematography. The performer interviews at the end are a particularly fun glimpse behind-the-scenes, where we learn that Lord and Lady Shadwell are a real-life couple!
This short film by Erika Lust is part of the ongoing project, XCONFESSIONS: where your sex confessions are chosen each month to be turned into a short film by the award-winning erotic film director. This short features handmade fetish masks by Cecilia Lundqvist, and real-life performing couple Alexa and Joel Tomas, ad they indulge in a beautifully sinister game of predator and prey:
“My girlfriend and I have a sex game: we like to pretend we’re animals. We have costumes and masks, we wear our identities and play. Sometimes I will chase her when I am the wolf and she is the bunny. When I catch her, I stroke her soft fur over and over.”