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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, all that I said to him a year ago turned out to be correct, how can otherwise intelligent people be so gullible and naif as to believe such silly demagogy and lies. 


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JREKAS Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
John!
  I have read the translation of your text on the Polish and I think, that we think about many things and phenomena in the modern world very much! Divides us, unfortunately, shame, cultural level, pressure and force Catholic environments and treating people right by the people and the people of art and their oeuvre here Poland and in your example. France ... Being an artist in Poland is sometimes very stressful, dangerous and even criminal prosecution of law..to strange. we surely twenty-first century!
Regards ... from the heart - Jerzy
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Thank you Jerzy.
You write that, but your work is very "avant garde", reminiscent in some ways of that published by Jan Saudek, who also lived in a suppressed society for a long time. Hopefully, the mentality in Poland will modernize and become more tolerant soon. I hope you continue to explore and be creative, an artist is a refection of the times in which he lives, including his aspirations.  
Best wishes to you my friend, John

 
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atomicrick Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
as for the conspiracy theories ... the surest sign the conspiracy is working well is the complete lack of evidence of it existing!
Not really into them, but this is a bit of a point. :? :mib: :abduction:
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
"I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were above all technically proficient, other than in terms of lighting and composition."

Slight disagreement with you - Ansel Adams and Man Ray were both HIGHLY technically proficient. Ansel Adams was actually quite famous for his technical knowledge. Richard Avedon is another great example of a HIGHLY technically proficient photographer who also had a sublime creative vision. Richard understood black and white film (and good lord, contrast) in a way that most photographers only wish they could. Look up his portraits of Cole Porter, William S. Burroughs, or Bjork. Masterful.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I didn't mention Man Ray (other than as a favourite), I quote Ansel Adams who said that "there are no rules in photography, only good photos", and I agree with him entirely. We are all free to make our interpretation of his and other's people's sayings and their works, just as we all have our favourite photographers, not always for the same reasons.

I have said this before, but I will gladly repeat it here at the risk of boredom, as I think it's relevant to the discussion.

I am fortunate to live in Paris where I frequently visit the galleries, museums and exhibitions, particularly during "Photo Month", a yearly event when many major works are exposed and I become a real groupie! The works are filled with sloping walls and horizons, missing limbs and hairlines, burned out areas, lack of contrast or too much of it, all of which are anathema to many amateurs like myself and an endless source of discussion on these forums ... but which bear little relation to the final "impact factor" of a photo, the only thing that truly matters. I would like to believe that this is in part what Ansel Adams meant through his statement.
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
That's actually a slight misquote - he said “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” He did very much believe in "rules" in photography as an art form, going so far as to come up with Zone System Photography (which is so complicated I gave up on it...which is saying a lot). According to his biography he used Zone religiously. He even wrote a revised, standardized edition of the Zone System in anticipation of electronic (digital!!) photography (in 1981!!!), so my thinking is that he was quite in tune with rule-setting and technical precision as an integral part of the art form.

The general consensus that I've picked up on for that quote is that while there are certain rules and technical details that produce a quality photograph, there's no rhyme or reason to what will actually be considered a "good" photo, since photography is highly subjective. Similar interpretation to yours but a subtle difference, I imagine.

Peter Gabriel actually said something similar about music but I don't have the quote to hand.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Since we are into quoting Adams, I see no difference in the meaning even if the exact wording was incorrect in my case, he also added that "a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words" … an issue we have been discussing elsewhere .. : -). It all has to do with impact and feelings, not Euclidian geometry. Best wishes, John
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Mextomcruise Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
JohnPeri, I am a new fan of your work, your models and your ethics. Your web pages are a beautiful escape in to a timeless and pure world. I am sorry that you have to be defensive in dealing with web visitors. Your models are lucky to have you and you lucky to have them. This art touches my soul. I have not one impure thought about the beautiful women portrayed in your photography. These images are simply beautiful. Keep up the good work!
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thank you my friend, it's really all about photographing beauty on the inside and out.
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NasaNet Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Hi John,
I've been (with many others) a fan of the excellence of your photography for years. As I'm sure that you are aware concerning unfair and puritanical review, envy is the food of ignorant criticism.

Keep up the good work. Regards, Greg Pichnej
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Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I appreciate your thoughts, especially those concerning "The "Provocateurs." I've run into a couple of those here. I expect that there would be more but basically no one knows who I am. One member here apparently found one of my pictures elsewhere as they found my e-mail address. But they referred to DA in the e-mails. It would be nice to know their IDs here but I expect that they have harassed others and have been warned. Rigid people filled with self pity and resentment can't help it. That's the human condition. It's all just another day in the life of the internet.

carry on with what you are doing.
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joieelaine Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
immensely enjoy your view on the nude female form whether posed or not posed........do not let the "conforming" conservatives of humanity get you down.....if they had their "sexual" lives opened up in photographs; it would be pornography~
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Thnank you, I appreciate that. John
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DecoGoddess Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
THIS IS BRILLIANT and so true !!
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Sorry friends, I have just had to remove all the messages below of some individual with multiple identities who will insist on harassing me, saying that I degrade women. He can say what he likes, but once is enough, I really have no time to read or respond to such nonsense. Please do not bother to add any comments on this matter, we all know that these sites are filled with self righteous people of that sort. They have a problem obviously, but you and I are certainly not it.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner 6 days ago
thankfully, he was forcefully removed from DA.
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Subluminous Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
You really don't have to justify your work to anyone, John. People who appreciate it are the only ones worth listening to. If the rest bitch and moan in jealous rage,.just block them. You can't make everybody happy, you've said before, but why should you even try? The work is to make you happy, that's what counts.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I do agree with you, many thanks. What I write about on my front page however is how some people speak about the models, not the quality of my work. That everyone is free to like or not. Best wishes, John
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gjohns74 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
John, I don't know you, never met you. But I have seen so many of your pics as well as read your comments, you are indeed an inspiration. And I know not just for me. I struggle a lot with my photography mainly due to my own impatience. Rush thru a shoot only to see I have overlooked settings with white balance or ISO. Seems there is always something I should have changed. Your pics have a quality! That is my goal. Maybe conditions are not right, the lighting is screwed, or the models is not positioned right. Those are things you learn and deal with. It's the quality that I try to attain.

Thru what you have commented on so many times, your models are important to you. That is something I cannot repeat or say enough about. Respect and adoration. The few ladies that have worked with me are my friends. Very close friends too I might add. I am I think 100 times more sensitive to reactions about them than they are themselves. I get protective and defensive about them. Frequently very defensive. I cherish who they are to me as a friend first. And any pic I take again goes back to the quality, I want each pic to inspire the model (my friend) who posed for it. I want it to show if possible what I see in them and also make them feel better about themselves overall. You are established, I am not. So getting any models to pose for me is not an easy task. Getting models I WANT to pose for me is even harder.

I have commented on a few of your posts and I have to say you are somewhat of a role model to me with not only your talent but your attitude as well. I like a lot of work I see here on DA and your's will always stand as a benchmark I hope one day to attain. But never at the cost of my friends. Not sure what else I want to say, just that as always I see your work and am amazed. Very well done! Thank you for being who you are.

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I wish every friend of mine (female and male) could read this (your journal). I see what I have dealt with and talked about so often. Things that get me stirred up and agittated many times over. Each and every model deserves respect and admiration for the job they do. Regardless!
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I am very touched by such kindness and generosity, it is a quality that will certainly express itself not only in your private life but your photography also. I do of course totally identify with your attitude towards your models. They grace us by their presence.

One remark struck me in particular concerning the photography. I very rarely look at any settings or change anything other than the aperture speed when a model is moving fast. I think that what is important is the moment captured, and not so much the technical quality of the photograph. If you visit museums and galleries often like I do you will certainly notice that many of the works that reach that level are filled with crooked walls and horizons, missing ears and hairlines, burned out area and every other "anomaly" which we amateurs love to rave about. They really have very little effect on the impact of an image. The only thing that is important in my view when photographing a model is to try to make two plus two equal five, it really very largely has to do with relations.
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gjohns74 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
That means a lot. Thank you. And I have noticed that often the pics I take that I like the most tend to be "accidental". Just took a quick shot and it worked. It just bothers me at times when I take a whole series of shots, moments you really can't repeat, then when I review them I discover I had not changed a setting I used from a prior set. Usually have ISO limit too high. Maybe with more experience I will not make those mistakes.
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astartes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I totally agree. That is what I was attempting to convey.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thank you my friend ..
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astartes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
In reference to your cigarettes comment:
I personally am vehemently anti-tobacco. Which does ruin some of your works for me. However smoking in parts of Europe is very much the same as it was thirty years ago. Especially among the women I found.
I understand the desire to have your models engaged, and the smoke can also produce some wonderful effects.
It's just not for me.
However, while it turns me off and I wont favourite these pics, I won't blast you for adding it into your art. It isn't the focus or the message. It's just a piece of the person you are giving us a glimpse into the life of.
I enjoy your work.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Well you know, I dislike war, but it doesn't stop photographers winning the Pulitzer Prize for their war coverage. This is really about photography, and though I sympathize with your personal likes and dislikes in subject matter, I am sure you also understand that it cannot influence somebody's art.
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wmucher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I applaud and share your position on photography. I find your work inspiring and congratulate your models on the fortitude and grace with which they have allowed themselves to be photographed so beautifully.

I recently wrote a short idea on the female nude which I hope you will allow me to share with you:

"The female nude is an attempt to capture visually the sumptuous fluidity of the female form and express contentiously the quandary of its identity. It explores (and exploits) the intersections of the sensual/sexual personae and the immaculate/sacred iconology of the feminine as codified battleground betwixt appearance and Self. In essence, the nude proposes to express the female body –via the medium of light and shadow, of time and space– as visual/virtual celebration of the un/conscious struggle, the silent strength, and the naked fierceness of form embodied in the sublime ferocity of not only being but of becoming visibly as well as essentially female –feminine, woman–. "

It is not as extensive or well thought out as your statement, it was a simple attempt at capturing my feeling towards the medium and the theme of the nude.

I only wish people would treat me with the same courtesy and respect as you and your models deserve.

I wish you and your friends my best, and hope that you will grace us with more visions of beauty.
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LittleMy0006 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
those who comment on the models weight, are probably just insecure about themselves. Your models are perfect as are the "moments" you capture
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bradwe3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Well said....
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Kemendil Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
As Jack London said, "Oh!--and I speak out of later knowledge--Heaven forefend me from the most of the average run of male humans who are not good fellows, the ones cold of heart and cold of head who don't smoke, drink, or swear, or do much of anything else that is brase, and resentful, and stinging, because in their feeble fibres there has never been the stir and prod of life to well over its boundaries and be devilish and daring. One doesn't meet these in saloons, nor rallying to lost causes, nor flaming on the adventure-paths, nor loving as God's own mad lovers. They are too busy keeping their feet dry, conserving their heart-beats, and making unlovely life-successes of their spirit-mediocrity."

I'd suggest to those made indignant by cigarettes, wine and nudity for moral, social, religious or whatever reasons to disregard all that and consider the purely aesthetic value of photography. For art (especially visual arts) is about emotions and/or aesthetics, not about puritanism.
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Giomerica Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work, John. I will dedicate more time at a later moment to comment on the particulars of many of your pictures, but for the time being, I'd like to praise your work's uniformity and elegance. The uniformity is because of the plethora of poses that never tires the eye; the elegance is because of the detailed, or let me say carefully, chosen scenarios for your pictures.
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RRaceRB Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Re. "The Provocateurs". Interesting word, I should steal that to describe myself more accurately than crudely labeled by my British girlfriend as a "fuckwit". LOL.

My answer is simple, or rather, as it is relevant to myself, as it is defined in your own label:

I provoke to provoke. Nothing more, nothing less. It is in and of itself the goal.

With respect to your work, I've only ever wanted to know how you find and convince these girls to pose. My only guess can be money. What other motivation is there for them to take their clothes off?

Cheers.
RB.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
With someone with your attitude and whose girfriend talks to him like that, indeed, it could only be so. Not in my case however, sorry. I photograph the friends I have and I make friends of the girls I photograph.
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