Let's Talk About Some of the Misconceptions of Erotic Photography

You may think the whole genre of erotic photography is perverse, but the truth is there are so many ways of shooting it. From subtle eroticism to aggressive fetishism, this type of photography is bound to be controversial.

When I looked up information about the topic of erotic photography on YouTube, I realized how little information is out there. Although, you will find a lot of tips and behind the scenes of shooting boudoir or artistic nude photography, there isn't a great deal out there for those wanting to explore erotica in photography. To kickstart the conversation, I created a brief video exploring a few common misconceptions about this type of art. 

As with anything taboo, whether it is sex, politics, religion, or money, this type of work undoubtedly creates polarizing views. What someone may consider artistic and appealing, others may find deeply offensive. Our upbringing and the culture that has surrounded us will likely affect how we view this type of work, but I also believe that going into adulthood, you have the power and authority to change any deep-rooted negative feelings, such as shame, that may have been instilled in you. As adults, we have the freedom to widen our horizons and learn about things that we may have previously dismissed.

Having said that, this type of photography isn't for everyone, the same way street or landscape photography doesn't appeal to everyone, either. But, if it does or if you want to explore it, I am presenting five photographers for you to take a look at. Their styles vary greatly, but I believe it also shows how differently one type of photography can be approached. This is only a tip of the iceberg, and there is plenty yet to discover in this type of art, so if you have any favorite erotic photographers yourself, please do share them in the comments. 

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Deleted Account's picture

It's only controversial because humans are pathological.

Michael Dougherty's picture

Very nice discussion.

Jan Holler's picture

This is just great! Watch it and do not skip any parts! It is very inspiring.

Thank you very much, Anete! And your portfolio is also stunning! You are a true artist. Your homepage is now in my link collection of great photographers. Cheers!

Anete Lusina's picture

That's such a kind and thoughtful comment, thank you so much!

Jan Holler's picture

You definitely earned it. It is rare (for me) to watch a video that long in full length. Most of the time I get annoyed of the person (waving hands, B-cuts, acting as being super important and competent....). But yours is a real pleasure, content and style. Btw, there are not many photographers in my link collection and most of them are famous (and long gone). To me honesty is important and that is what I see.

David Pavlich's picture

This genre can be done with a flair or it can be done like it's meant for the pages of Hustler. If you want to be entertained by viewing great lighting, posing, and post processing prowess, look at the shots done with grace and beauty in mind. As for the other....

John Palmer's picture

Having worked with burlesque and boudoir for a few years, capturing the human form in such an intimate setting has been rather freeing to both witness and capture. Thank you for the wonderful video.

Robert Hold's picture

I've enjoyed watching this. It's great to hear this perspective. I've personally approached this more as an art form, a means of expression for sensuality and eroticism than outright sexual expression/porn. I've definitely added you to a list of shooters who inspire.

Catherine Bowlene's picture

Wonderful video, thank you! I tried erotic photography but it turned out to be not my cup of tea, so now I work with my friend, who does it really good and I do ads for her with photo collages and smartshow 3d slides for social networks, etc. Honestly, if you don't feel like it's your sphere you better stay away. I did and I'm fine, but it's always good to look at the talented people creating something unique.

Anete Lusina's picture

Thank you for your comment. I completely agree, as with any style of photography sometimes it's just not for us no matter how much we try to make it 'stick'. We can definitely enjoy and appreciate art from different people and styles without having to pursue it ourselves. :)

Motti Bembaron's picture

It's controversial in some countries. In Europe no one give it a second thought. In Canada we are more like European's but not there yet. In the US however, that is another story.

I had to change two US web hosting services because they would not allow nude photos. Amazing. The nation that by far produces the most porn on the planet, is also the most prudish.

Boy W Camera's picture

Is Ms Lusina always this charming?

Anete Lusina's picture

Happens only sometimes! :-)