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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".
Interests


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., ...


KAMILA's BOOK has been re-edited  ..  : 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 :

1.  STREET NUDES ..
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…
(available also through i-tunes, the Apple bookstore .. itunes.apple.com/us/book/id591… )
 
2. "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…

3.  GABI's BOOK  ..
    www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…

4.  "REBECCA's BOOK" ..
www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/1…

5.   "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…

6.  "C ON V ER S A T I O N   P I E C E S, my friend Gaia"
      www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail… .. the personal life of a fashion model  ..

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  in that case I think 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 neither a model agency nor 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 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 with the facts, they ignore reality and hide the truth, 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: Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin

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wetdryvac Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I'm really enjoying your work here - good lighting, comfortable poses, and well framed shots all around. Thank-you for sharing.
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caillteone Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
There are very few artistic nudes in the "artistic nude" folder on DA.  Most are pornographic.  Your work is one of the bright spots in this folder. Great job.
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BRipin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Terrific artistic photographs. Barrie
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thanks Barrie ..
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Fionbarr Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding work!! I like your style as well as your choice of models. Keep up the great work. :)
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Thank you my friend, it is much appreciated. 
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Greetings' ! :iconfemaleexcellence: has a great honor and pleasure to announce you that your art was selected in the "# 22 Monthly Art Promoting Contest [07.10.2014]"

Congratulation ! :D, you can check it here ->  femaleexcellence.deviantart.co…

PS: Feel free to submit your great art to us and join us if did not yet have the chance :la:
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franckyg26 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Bonjour,
Vous avez réalisé là une très belle galerie. Ce que je trouve dommage c'est la petite taille de certaines photos qui ne restitue pas leur splendeur. Il est normal pour un photographe de ne pas distribuer vos photos pleines résolutions et de les privilégier à des formats plus lucratifs mais vous pourriez facilement doubler les dimensions et ce serait tout à votre avantage. Peut-être pour les prochaines ? ;)
Bonne continuation
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Cher ami, ce n'est pas une question de démarche "lucrative", comme vous le dites. 
Comme vous le savez certainement, les gens "volent" les photos et les postent ailleurs, parfois sous leur propre nom. Ainsi donc, nous n'avons aucun interêt à diffuser le travail en plus grande résolution, la taille actuelle étant parfaitement suffisante pour faire connaîtire notre travail.
Bien amicalement, 
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90sArcadeFan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at your photos shows me nudity can be something more than just a forbidden thing. When I look at your photos I can see the style in them...the location, positioning, the look in their face, the way the lighting/shadowing on and around their body. It's all art and I can easily say IMHO that the female body is a work of art in itself like a beautiful flower!
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Thank you, much appreciated ..
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mlolya Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hello John,
I wanted to thank you for your comments about my photography. I very much appreciate you taking the time to look at my work.
I would be happy to give you critical commentary about your photography as you have so often stated that you would like to receive, however I see very little that needs improvement. You are obviously very successful at what you do and you have honed your craft through much hard work to the point where any comments regarding your craftsmanship would be mere nit picking.
Your selection of settings, lighting and models is obviously something that you have thought through and fine tuned. What you are expressing in your photographs is what you enjoy and have been successful with, both personally and commercially.
If there was anything critical that I could say it would be this. You are obviously a passionate person and a very creative person who has a firm grasp of their craft. You have received much acclaim for the work that you have done and this tends you make us want to make the most of a good thing. We find success in what we are doing and we are happy and satisfied with the results.
The danger in this is the temptation to keep doing the same thing because of that success and satisfaction.
I would be very interested in seeing what you would do if you changed everything about your approach. How would you see a different type of woman in a completely different type of setting. Would you find your vision challenged or would you find the exercise a deviation from the path that your creativity is on.
I'm sure that you went through many different paths to arrive at the creative place that you now work and see in, but are you at the end of your search or is this just a step toward the next level. If you want my two cents for what it's worth, there it is. Don't let your success and personal satisfaction keep you from growing and seeing your passion in new and different ways.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Thank you very much Michael.

I appreciate the point you are making and the eloquence with which you do it, most artists evolve and adapt their style accordingly.

I admit to being very lazy, and have preferred to try and improve what I am doing, rather than move on to other areas. There is also a cost issue. Changing locations, equipment etc., also means investing in doing so, and I have really kept this at the level of a hobby, using my home mostly, my camera with flash attached, and most often, though not exclusively,  people I meet as my models.

Thank you for passing by and for taking the trouble to comment, John
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NightWolf921 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To say your gallery is amazing would be an understatement...

Each photo of your lovely models is a perfect moment captured in time...

And my friend you have earned my utmost respect with your words...hopefully people out there will pay heed to them...
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thank you Frank, I appreciate your kind words .. 
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DeepElectro Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What an amazing work!

I made a wonderful trip travelling through your gallery.
Now, my mind is full of feminine curves.

Thank you very much for such a great work!
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ThalonsLover Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just strolled through your gallery. :) It is amazing. Your models are all beautiful; each in their own unique way. I love the different emotions and poses that are portrayed, both the nude and the clothed versions! Your photos are beautiful and I can tell you take the time to make them the best you can. Wonderful work! :D
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Very touching, coming from a female viewer, thank you. Too often people do not understand the respect and admiration that is put into creating these works. Many thanks for passing by.  John
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