Insert Here: Sensual and Artistic Portraits of Sex Toys [NSFW]

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Sam Kaplan, a New York-based product and still life photographer, was inspired to create a series of photographs of an object that is often enjoyed in the bedroom rather than on a gallery wall. Sam decided to change all of that, and his series 'Insert Here' takes the taboo and transforms it into an exploration of line, form, and color: Dildart, if you will. It goes without saying that you might want to be careful where you open this post.

My walk home from the subway takes me past an impressive number of sex shops. One day I realized that if taken out of context these objects could become beautiful artifacts. I wanted to light them in a way that enforced that idea, so I applied similar lighting as I would if I were photographing a luxury item.—Sam Kaplan

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I dont even know what to say.

LOL

I really like the way the light just penetrates the subject. *giggles*

ZING!

Those are very nice chess pieces you got there.

Tam Nguyen's picture

Those are floor models only, right?

My only question is why did you say that they were NSFW?  If they were "In Action" Shots, then THAT would be NSFW.  =)

Mike Kelley's picture

I agree, but you and I both know that there would be a crowd of people with their pitchforks and torches out, feigning anger at us for not marking it NSFW. 

"WHAT IF MY BOSS SAW?" I don't know, why were you clicking on dildo pics at work? Think of it more as a CYA than anything :)

Patrick Hall's picture

I would have just played dumb and if my boss got upset I would act like he just gave me a lesson in his own sex life.  I'm still trying to make sense of number 4.  http://cdn.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/2007/birdsizedair.jpg

hahaha I think it's a coat rack/ hat rack/ light bulb.  Fancy designers out there are thinking of everything!

come on... nr 4 is easy :) 

K. G. Brown's picture

Congratulations, you just made Fstoppers officially banned at our school's photography program.
Show some common sense and maturity before deciding to post this kind of stuff.
If you've lowered your standards to this level, you must be getting desperate for content.

What school? 

Indeed. What school? That way I can avoid sending my children to such a closed-minded institution. Sex is not dirty, regardless of whatever puritanical bullish*t you attempt to impose on it.

K. G. Brown's picture

The kind of response that one would expect.
Sad.

Trevor Dayley's picture

You must have missed the Fine Art of Breasts post, Morning After Boudoir post, Wrapping Up with Nude Photography post and even the Playmates in Bubbles post. Honestly K.G. I don't believe Fstoppers is designed to serve school children. 

Patrick Hall's picture

unofficially, you are still allowed here to comment :)

Corey Melton's picture

story of my life Patrick ... "corey you are unofficially allowed to ________ here"

K. G. Brown's picture

Many schools will look at nudity in an artistic manner as acceptable.
Sex toys on a photographic site such as this one is not possible to defend to the board, in any form.
Enter the real world.
Limits do exist.

What school?

Patrick Hall's picture

My question is who is really banning anything?  Is there some big brother who is going through every post and ever cached thumbnail and deciding what is acceptable?  Also what school are you at?  If there was one thing I learned in college, and I learned A LOT, it's that school computers were built for porn....and warcraft

K. G. Brown's picture

"If there was one thing I learned in college, and I learned A LOT, it's that school computers were built for porn....and warcraft" unofficially, yes.
Sitting in class at a level below college... no.

Go to any school and show them this post and ask them if they would allow it to be seen "in class, or in school".

If you think they'll say no problem, you'll be very surprised.

And yes, pretty much every school these days uses bots to search out exactly this type of post. NSFW is immediately flagged and killed, including the website.

Remember, these are the days of helicopter parents and precious snowflakes.

My point still stands.

There have been a few previous NSFW posts, so if that were true the site would have already been dead and you wouldn't have been able to see this post.  Stop overreacting, and tell your administrators to relax.

I went to Gonzaga University, a Catholic Jesuit institution, and this would have been welcomed in conversation with my Jesuit Priest teacher, in my photography class (or any class really). We would have dedicated a whole period to discussing it. To pretend this kind of thing doesn't exist hurts those who wish to learn. 

Corey Melton's picture

insert dildo and priest joke here ________________________

:)

 tihi....jaron said "period" :)) ( damn my immaturity )

This is not the first NSFW post on fstoppers. What school you at?

K. G. Brown's picture

So I take it you think schools only have eight year olds?
It's quite clear by the comments (contrary to the posts to come saying they all have kids) that none of those saying theres nothing wrong have kids.
Fstoppers is a very informative site, no question, but as soon as a post shows the artistic side of sex toys, the site is immediately off limits.
Sex Ed in school is one thing, sex toys is quite another.
"Puritanical bullish*t".... nope.
What school did you go to where they talked about sex toys to you? In school?

K.G., calm down, get over yourself, untwist your knickers, and listen carefully.

FStoppers is not a porn site. Displaying dildos and vibrators is not nudity, it's product photography. But even if this post contained nudity (which it doesn't), photography has been utilized as a vehicle to celebrate the human form (clothed and unclothed) just like painting, almost since the moment the medium came into existence. 

That is an unequivocal and accepted reality of photography, and thus it is reasonable to expect that upon visiting a site catering to photographers one might from time to time see examples of nude photography. Its that simple. 

If you don't like that, the internet is a big open place. You're welcome to go elsewhere and find a site more suited to your delicate sensibilities, or to start your own. 

On another note, sex is one of the most basic functions of our human condition, and it is not in any way reprehensible or shameful for adults to talk about it. Moreover this site is not catering to school children. Even if it were, I am quite certain they wouldn't suffer any grave consequences by viewing these pictures.

I sincerely hope you find the inner peace you so desperately need <3

K. G. Brown's picture

Never said it was a porn site, simply that posts like these can and do kill access to sites such as Fstoppers.

And trying to make it sound somehow like a credible, artistic post really doesn't work.

btw... I listened carefully, but I doubt you're going to show up at any school giving a workshop on the "Artistic Shooting of Sex Toys".

I sincerely hope you find the common sense you so desperately need <3

Chase Armitage's picture

 KG... just stop being such a dildo already!!

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