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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 physique 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/b/1729731-rebecc…

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.




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BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I simply can’t imagine a day passing without making the time to view the wonderful images you and your models create and that are posted here on dA, John. Images with strength, grace, and class. Thank you for taking the care to create fine art images. Beautiful and uplifting work.  :heart:
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
What a kind and generous thing to say, thank you Arthur.
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BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
you are most welcome, sir! my humble opinion, but true and from the heart. :)
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Anthony-Malone Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Great work John.
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Laspe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful artistic work in your gallery! :clap:
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
I've just read your comment on the treatment of the models in your gallery, and wanted to say that I endorse your opinion, and indeed watched you on the strength of that statement.
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Dougtehbear Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Happy New Year John
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
MAny thanks, and the same to you also .. 
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SwitzerlandModels Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Bonne année très cher John, et beaucoup de bonheur pour le futur :iconhappinessplz: Baisers, Carole
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Thanking you for your support and wishing you a wonderful New Year also Carole. Come visit in Paris one day ..  
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SwitzerlandModels Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Paris... My dream ! :iconeiffeltowerplz: Many kisses, Carole
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ClockworkEros Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work, John; you and the models with whom you work should be proud of what you've achieved.  :-)

I totally agree with you about the disrespectful / ignorant comments.  I really wish DA had better tools for cleaning those out.
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ParisRome17 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  New Deviant Professional Photographer
give me your address in Paris
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Your profile picture is a photo of Taylor Hill from the the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. You really muistn't take DA members for idiots. 
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rjpjr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
beautiful gallery!
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HateFlash Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2015
You have a very good gallery filled with sexy and stunning models.
Wonderful work :)
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foureyes Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Learning about the events with broken heart :heart: 
take care 
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Thank you Bernie ..
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JREKAS Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Connecting to the pain and sorrow of John because of this tragedy in Paris ... Yours heat - george
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Thank you my friend, we are all devastated here ..
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 The attacks in Paris are so tragic. Be safe John.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Thank you very much Don.  
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gunnytank Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I can always appreciate someone who speaks their mind both on their artwork and on politics. If someday I should ever find myself in Paris I would very much enjoy sitting down with you and enjoying a glass of wine and maybe you could show me some of the beauties of your city. Your work is great I myself am just learning to do portraits and I find it fascinating how different people act in front of the camera. As a disabled Marine I try to stay out of politics because I'm not real happy with the way its being handled in the U.S. right now so I try to keep it out of my mind till next election lol. Keep up the great work I look forward to seeing more.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Nice to hear from you Stephen, and any time for that glass of wine .. 
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