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From time to time, I receive a remark regarding the censorship of certain comments on my page, followed by the usual slogans about me or the model not accepting criticism.

The overwhelming majority of the girls on my pages are not professional models and I have difficulty sometimes arguing that largely serious people, artists, will comment on their nudity. Three of them until now have asked me to remove their entire portfolios because some people will insist on only writing about their anatomy.

I do not object at all when someone says something polite about the model. I object when the only purpose of the comment is her anatomy and nothing else, notably her "ass" and her "tits". Frankly, the models are not interested either to read meaningless comments about their eating habits, this is about photography, not their personal lifestyle. Is it too much to ask for the understanding of a grown up fellow artist on Deviant Art?

In no way does this infringe in any way on critiques passed on the quality of my work that I welcome warmly. The more severe, the happier I am, because it is what helps me to improve. I never fail to thank people that take the trouble to be constructive and more than once I have been saved in extremis by people that point out a fault, just before I moved to publication.

That said, I cannot possibly please everyone. If you don't like my attitude, I am certain there is lots of other work you can contemplate on DA without wasting your time on my page. I am not interested in having superman-style virtual duels on the net. Alike all of us, I have more important, real challenges to face in life.

I guess this is a moment of frustration that is understandable, given the anonymity of the net and the lack of empathy expressed by some people in this medium.

Of course I photograph girls. I try to do it however without the vulgarity that frequently accompanies this type of work and it would be nice, particularly for them, if it was considered accordingly. Thank you.

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JohnPeri
Please respect the models in your comments, thank you.
Current Residence: Paris ...
Favourite photographer: Predictable: Yussuf Karsh, de Diennes, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Leni Riefenstahl
Favourite style of art: 15th/16th Century Flemish school and early South Indian/Tibetan bronzes
Personal Quote: BYRON: "I wish men to be free as much from mobs and Kings - from you as me".
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NEW   NEW    NEW :   October, 2013

KAMILA's BOOK has been re-edited  .. NEW VERSION  can be previewed and bought here (available in E-Book form also) : www.blurb.com/b/4664202-kamila…

.. and in e-book form :  store.blurb.com/ebooks/442236-…


The original, longer version of this book is still available of anyone wants it: store.blurb.com/my/books/39084…

and in e-book form:  store.blurb.com/ebooks/363532-…

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Also published in 2013:

1.  STREET NUDES ..
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…
(available also through i-tunes, the Apple bookstore .. itunes.apple.com/us/book/id591… )

2.  THE ARTISTIC NUDE ..
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…


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THE BOOKSTORE where you will find all my books for sale (click on the images to view the content):  www.blurb.com/user/store/johnp…


LATEST NEWS: books now also available as Apps for smartphones IPad etc., ...

1. "P R I V A T E - R E C O L  L EC T IO N S  of the girl next door"
    NB.  .. new edition now available ....  www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2…

2.  GABI's BOOK is also at last on sale ..
    www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…

3.  "REBECCA's BOOK" is also on sale ..
www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/1…

Some of you may know Rebecca from television and other media. Please DO NOT disclose her real name on this page or elsewhere (problem of groupies that create blogs). She allowed publication on the understanding that only a few persons serious about photography will purchase this work. Thank you.


3.   "A N   A P A R T M E N T   I N   N E W   Y O R K"
       www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/3…

4.  "C ON V ER S A T I O N   P I E C E S, my friend Gaia"
      www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail… .. she's a fashion model, we did this privately under a pseudonym ..

You can browse through selected pages of all the books by pressing on the "PREVIEW" button.


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My INTERVIEW:  by Chris St James on "Univers d'Artistes"

universdartistes.blogspot.com/…

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"My photography"

Photography for me is largely about moments, moments that we seize and attempt to hold on to. I have no special aim otherwise, other than to try and produce some attractive pictures of my models. What I frequently enjoy doing is to photograph the girl next door, real persons that we can identify with and imagine that we know, in fact that we so often do. I like to show how they move around and behave when they are alone and natural. Many of the photographs are posed of course, but often when a girl is staying with me, I will follow her around and take  pictures of her at various intervals during the day. They soon get used to it and do not seem to be hindered by the intrusion.

Inevitably, some will always claim that to show a woman in her intimacy is demeaning, but I think that in that case that they have little understanding of the female personality. When a woman reveals herself in this manner, she expresses her self confidence and her power, not just over herself but over others too. It goes beyond defiance, it is a means of asserting her right to believe in who she is. The more sensual and feminine the photo, the more meaningful the result.

As for the models, I guess we choose them in accordance with the result we want. An elegant girl will look elegant in a photo too!  

I suppose one also needs a minimum understanding of the camera, but possibly less than some may claim. I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were above all technically proficient, other than in terms of lighting and composition. The more I visit galleries, museums and exhibitions, the more convinced I become of this. It's  annoying to those that spend hours fine tuning and perfecting their technique, but that is not what art is all about. When an artist such as Pollock splashes paint on a canvas with a bucket and steps on it or Yoko Ono throws tomatoes on the wall, there is no special methodology involved, yet these are at the forefront of what the world considers art and creativity today. Of course these are extreme examples chosen so as to underline the point, but I think that art has more to do with impact and what feelings are evoked than with any special methods or technique used.

NB. Please do not ask me for the models' names or to send them messages. I am a photographer and not a model agency or a matrimonial service .. : -).  


The "cigarettes", the "wine" ..

I am surprised how often people comment on this in my photos. It is astonishing how puritanical and intrusive society has become.

A model will look more natural when she is doing something, holding a book, a wine glass, a cigarette, whatever. A cigarette is of particular interest to me in that it helps to emulate the cinematographic style of the 50's that I like so much (HumphreyBogart/Lauren Bacall). I don't think that any figure in a book by Alan Edgar Poe would feel at ease without one either .. surely that too is understandable.


The "Provocateurs"

I have often wondered what it is that drives some people to measure up to others by provoking them  anonymously on the net. Is it a search for identity, recognition or self assertion? I cannot help feeling that some form of inadequacy drives them to behave in this manner. After all, there are so many "real" challenges to be faced in life by those willing and able to confront them.

As a photographer of young ladies, I occasionally  find myself the target of such attention. I will humour them once, rarely twice, but then thankfully DA offers us the option to block them and they can go and express their frustrations somewhere else .. : -)


"Underaged Models"  and  "body weight"

Needless to say, all my models without exception are above 18 years old and have signed appropriate "release forms". Any messages to this end are a waste of everybody's time, mine in particular. Please stop fantasizing in this respect.

As for their "weight", another frequent aberration in the comments, all the models in my portfolio (other than one that has a metabolic disorder and deplores people being so ill mannered as to mention it),  have a perfectly normal BMI (Body Mass Index). This is a measureable unit that responds to medical criteria and has nothing to do with people's opinion on the matter. Sometimes  the models may seem a little too "perfect" which appears to irritate some people. But this is photography and we tend to idealize the world.

Repeatedly, I receive messages from young ladies on DA who feel threatened by the models on our pages. It is strange how politically correct it is considered to speak out against the pressures brought upon young people by the cosmetic industry, but strangely not by that of the food and beverage companies that encourage people to eat junk food. Apart from some cases, the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world today is not underweight, but OBESITY. Even moderate obesity  leads to hypertension, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer,  not to mention obstructive sleep apnea and infertility in women. The Journal of Pediatrics also reported recently that Obese women have 67% more chance of giving birth to autistic children. 

In July 2013,  thankfully, the American Medical Association finally designated Obesity a "disease". 

Now these are the lessons that should be communicated to young people today, not this hysteria about women appearing to look too thin in magazines,  making others feel threatened in comparison. 


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Not related to Photography:

A. CONSPIRACY THEORIES

I have been reading up on "conspiracy":  

Whenever things go wrong politically or people are unable to cope, they resort to conspiracy theories of varying content and degree. Plato among others described conspiracy as the impossibility to manage, the standard excuse for failure and inability to overcome weakness. This is particularly true at present in various countries of the Mediterranean, where extraordinary theories are brought forward to compensate for the incompetence and corruption that local governments have produced.

However, as Francois de La Rochefoucauld rightly said, the greatest evil comes from within and what we do to ourselves.  No one is out to destroy us as some claim. We do everything necessary in order to destroy ourselves, and then we blame others for the outcome.


B.  POLITICAL DEMAGOGUES

Political demagogues, such as those that always surface in difficult times, feed on people's ignorance, weakness and stupidity. They express grandiose ideas about what should be done but are never able to suggest realistically how to do it. When confronted, they ignore the facts and hide the truth, while extolling surrealistic theories based on lies.

Equally influential to the extreme left are the right wing mavericks which, alike what happened during the build up to the third Reich, point the finger at the immigrants and other minority groups. They enforce security in the streets under the umbrella of national interest and bring support to the enfeebled with the purpose of gaining power, prestige (and votes) with the general population.

This is how "totalitarianism" begins, by feeding on the stupidity of the masses .. though astonishingly enough, even some educated people get drawn in, not least some I have communicated with on these pages. 

Extremism ... left or right, same thing.

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  • Reading: The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

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sergemalivert 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci pour l'exceptionnel qualité de votre travail et l'excellent choix de vos modèles.
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Merci cher ami ..
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Myselfsama Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure how I bumped into your main page and read your very well written disclaimer to your gallery regarding the comments towards the models. That was a very much needed disclaimer, unfortunately I feel as though the DA community largely consists of younger audiences who find trolling common place, as well as the more religious people who, though they have a problem with the content of your work, choose to view it anyway.

Onto your work, I'm liking alot of the work your posting. The models are all lovely, and their expressions priceless oftentimes. My biggest criticism however, is the lighting. It feels flat in a lot of places, and I think your work could benefit from using a more direct light. It seems as though you shoot inside of a house/apartment, so perhaps closing most windows, and shooting near an open one? I like the colors in Untitled 4019, very much remind me of a Sargent. The cropping is a whole other monster, I think you have some pretty good crops for some of your subject matters...
Crops that I like, 4029, Moments 429 (if she had more space around her, it would be really interesting), 4024, 4022, 4018 (has alot of potential), 4016 (has alot of potential as well).. Alot of the other crops are too straight forward and in your face, too centered to have that "family album" feel.

I followed Pelicanh for many years before he stopped posting his nude photography, and I hope the same doesn't ultimately happen to you. I hope your not offended by the crit I gave. I'll be keeping an eye out for your work :)
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Not in the least, thank you very much for your time and trouble.
I sympathize with the critique that the lighting is sometimes flat. I work with a flash on camera. It is the price to pay for not setting up studio lights and encouraging the models to fall asleep. It sometimes allows me to get shots which are more natural, considering myself very much of a backstage photographer. As for the predictability of crops, well that I would say that is more a matter of taste. There are no rules to photography, only good photographs as Ansel Adams rightly wrote. One may like certain images or not, it  is everyone's prerogative to chose. I catch moments, sometimes it works other times not.
I enjoyed reading your comment, thank you very much.  John 
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Myselfsama Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I can very much understand the idea of sometimes catching moments and sometimes not. I often end up with hundreds of photos after a shoot, and only one or two that I end up liking. But yes I agree, perhaps I'm biased to a certain kind of crop. :)
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lexxii Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi John:) Love all your fine art as always:) Like to invite you to join a group that i'm a Co-Founder of called :iconcutieshots: :)

Hope to see you there soon!!

xoxoxo
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:iconjohnperi:
Will be happy to Lexii .. 
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kiwerner Apr 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love your work!:happybounce: Azurill 
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RTShields Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Have you ever done just thrown a luncheon/dinner for your models for being so wonderful in front of the camera? I just figured it'd be neat to see you in a group shot with your models. :)
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SwitzerlandModels Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dear John, all your recent models are elegant and full of life... Lucky, lucky artist ! ;) Many kisses from Switzerland, Carole
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:iconjohnperi:
No luck involved Carole .. :-)

best wishes to you and many thanks though ..
John
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SwitzerlandModels Mar 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
First luck: You live in the best town in the world ! :iconawwwplz:  Baisers, Carole
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nude-not-rude Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your work John. I'm a big fan of the unposed 'backstage' shot. I've always tried to capture some in my shoots. Yours are brilliant. 
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Much appreciated, thank you .. 
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ChrisMagath Feb 12, 2014  New member
Love your disclaimer it shows u have true passion for artistic nudes without vulgarity. Love ur work
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Thank you .. 
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Inf3rno777 Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your portfolio continues to surprise me; I can't help but feel that I have discovered something incredible. Your nudes are definitely more decent and tasteful than the majority of those found on this site. Continuity is an important skill for a photographer and no doubt you continually produce results. It's no good if only one out of every ten photos are beautiful. You excel at what you do and have an eye for portraying nudity as art and beauty, as opposed to lust and depravity. I'm also glad that you insist that the models should be respected.
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Thank you my friend. The more explicit, early work is really just a handful of photos, posted in the early years on the discovery that the ste was called "Deviant" Art. It is something I have indulged only very rarely, and even those pictures are hopefully well within the boundaries of good taste. 
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