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From time to time, I receive a remark regarding the censorship of 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
Hey, just passed two million "page views", that's very pleasing, thanks to everyone for the support .. : -)

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 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 derogatory, but  in that case I think that they have little understanding of the female personality. When a woman accepts to reveal 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 some basic understanding of the camera, but possibly less than some may claim. I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were technically proficient above all, other than in terms of lighting and composition. The more I visit galleries, museums and exhibitions, the more convinced I become of this. It can be annoying to those that spend hours fine tuning and perfecting their technique, but that is not what art is all about. When someone 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 in making it. 

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 that by the food and beverage companies that encourage people to eat junk food. 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. Furhermore, the Journal of Pediatrics 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 and 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.

Greek Politics:

I remember debating with two Greek artists on these pages the absurd promises made by the new Syriza party to "force" their lenders to halve the debt and lift controls imposed by the Troika! My arguments were greeted with hostility and anger.

The agreement negotiated by the Syriza government that has now attained power not only prolongs the austerity measures and controls imposed previously, but demands new, credible reforms to be added to the old ones. Why are otherwise intelligent people sometimes so gullible and naive? That said, I wish Greece every success both now and in the future, the population has suffered terribly.

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Update: There is now an ultra leftist party in power, SYRIZA.

One month later, Only five of a total of 149 SYRIZA MPs refused state cars for their transportation during their parliamentary term, extreme left government, haha! ... : -)

... nearly five months later (June 23, 2015) , they are on the eve of signing a new "memorandum", harsher than before, only with Marxist tinges to it, in an effort to squeeze the economy still further. When will leftists understand that they do not contribute to any wealth, they consume it only.

All the talented people and those that can create jobs are leaving the country. I really don't know whch is worse, the despotism and corruption of the previous regimes or the grotesque Marxist ideology which has failed everywhere over the last 100 years and they now want to apply to Greece. SYRIZA has done itself no favours given its chaotic negotiating style, its statist demagoguery and its total disregard for economic and financial reality. Can you imagine, that during the 2015 election campaign, Tsipras (the Prime Minister) had Che Guevara's portrait posted above his desk, really, get serious !!
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Saturday July 11 early hours .. parliament overwhelmingly approves proposal for new MEMORANDUM to present to the TROICA with AUSTERITY BUDGET .. they also agree to sell second port in Greece, all items which Syriza came to power saying they would do away with ..

VAROUFAKIS, largely responsible for the economical decline of the country during the last six months, did not have the courage to attend parliament and take questions during one of the most important debates/votes in Greek history .. yeah, "what a man" as some like to say about him .. : -)

 .. he went instead to spend the weekend in Aegina at his wife's stupendous summer mansion .. the modern Marxist. 

July 14th: members of the Syriza party were burning their flag to day in front of the parliament building !!
July 16: The proud Marxist rebels in parliament that would not vote the new "memorandum" refused to resign and give up their fat paychecks and perks. They chose to remain in their seats, saying they will support the government even though they don’t support its policies. Hmm, now how exactly will they do that!!
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I hope Dimitri K. follows all this, how can otherwise intelligent people be so gullible and naif as to believe such silly demagogy and lies. 


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JoelMcDonald Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
Your work is stellar and your models are exceptional.

Your need to and practice of purging unflattering comments and/or remarks is totally within the realm of reason. I do the same.

My policy is "If you can't say something nice then say nothing."   And most especially do NOT disparage a work on another artist's page.

If the artist wants an unflattering comment or opinion he'll/she'll put the image up for critique and ask. Otherwise, if you like what I see I say so. If not then just move on.

Keep up the great work John.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2015
Thank you Joel, that is truly much appreciated. Let me add however that it is not the "unflattering" remarks per se that I object to, it is the personal remarks about the physique of the models that neither they nor I want written under our photos.
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JoelMcDonald Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
Very much so. I totally agree.
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irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think your reasons for censoring comments are completly valid and legit, but I guess you'd preferre it if you didn't have to censor comments, wouldn't you?
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
If you mean whether I would prefer to be treated as a fellow artist and my models as human beings and not pieces of flesh, then yes, thank you. 
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tetrasnake Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   General Artist
You have some very elegant and sophisticated work.
I have to add you to my watch list.
I would love to see more.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Thank you Michael, best wishes,John
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tetrasnake Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015   General Artist
You're welcome, John!
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mohachet Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Amazing shots, your pictures are always elegant and the models are beautiful
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Thank you Jeff, I appreciate that. 
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miketcherry Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
John,

Your work is beautiful and inspirational!  i also have had criticism over my work, but I try to remember that there is a timeless aesthetic of the human form, that has been handed down through Western tradition and that WILL survive despite ignorant attacks by cultural neanderthals.  Please keep up the good work, I believe in you and your aesthetic vision.

Mike T Cherry
Salem, MA USA
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Thank you Mike, I think that ultimately one must remain faithful to one's own sense of what is right or wrong, this as true of our own perception as well as that of others too, inasmuch as they are not intolerant of ideas different to their own. 
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DClarke-Photography Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional Photographer
Beautiful, elegant and artistically taken,
Its nice to find the female form photographed so beautifully, in a world that can be so crass 
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Thank you Darren, that is much appreciated
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FDJler Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
I'm sorry, I don't know how, but I deleted my last comment to your channel: I really love it, your art and your lovely models. Greetings from Italy.  
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Thank you very much. You didn't delete it, you placed iy under the browse gallery section .. : -)
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GlassLotuses Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been looking through your gallery and watching what you post for a while, and unlike many photographers who photograph nude women your work seems to have more... respect? for them, or at least it seems more natural and... comfortable almost. I'm sorry I'm struggling with the words to describe it. I've really enjoyed what you've put up here though. I find it inspiring for my artwork and for coming up with poses myself. The fact that the pictures are nude and don't have clothing hiding the form helps to kind of see the flow of the figures, and then the normal environment also is appealing when compared to something like a studio. All in all, I actually find your gallery not only interesting in and of itself, but it has inspired and helped me with my own work. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing collection :)
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Edited May 16, 2015
Thank you Tasha. Respect is a key word in atempting this kind of photography, respect not only for the models but in our perception towards what is beautiful or not. In my view, it is not what shows but how that is important, and  hopfully good taste will strongly determine the result. 
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