Nostalgic Eroticism

What ever happened to the art of seduction?

In this instant gratification of the take me here and now, and throw away culture, there is little room or time left for enticing someone into sexual activity. 

A proper seduction needs obstacles, it needs resistance, it cannot proceed without them.

It's about engagement and feeling emotionally alive. Things have become too easy. 

The creativity, mystery, and intellect of the art and maneuver have been lost.

A sign of the times? I certainly hope not. 

What do you think? Is seduction a nostalgic thing of the past? -tM

Photography: Helmut Newton | Polariod's, 1970's

 

Influential

Photography: Helmut Newton

Photography: Helmut Newton

There is no turning away from the power of the female sex.

It is potent, and paramount to achieving balance in this world. It is not a threat but an incredible asset. It is crucial to appreciate its beauty as well as its strength and not lessen its significance through sexual objectification. -tM

"In life as in art, the beautiful moves in curves." -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

 

Wisdom

Photography: Masao Yamamoto

Photography: Masao Yamamoto

Pearls of Wisdom.  

As we age, life experience should mature you, right? 

It is up to the individual to search for the lesson(s) through any given difficult and trying time in life. Isn't that so?

Albeit a difficult task, I believe it is our choice whether or not we transform a memory into a wound or wisdom.

And what if you don't? What if you continuously play the victim in life, does that mean you haven't learned a thing? Does wisdom come from living, or can it also be acquired solely through listening?

How have you gained your wisdom? By learning from other peoples mistakes, your own, or were you just born with this innate knowledge?

Often times I feel that children are born wise, with a great deal of common sense that gets lost somewhere a long the way. 

At the end of the day, I'd like to think that wisdom is a guarantee that life graces us with in reward for the lessons learned and hardships faced. -tM

 

 

Street Snaps

Social documentation.

I have always appreciated the raw capture of life, style, and culture that street photography seems to conquer in one fell swoop. Who could ask for a better backdrop, or for more interesting participants.

A palimpsest of detail, it's life, unabashedly staring you in the face. -tM

Photography: Jamel Shabazz | 1980's, NYC

Enough Said

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Photography: unknown

Have you ever had this happen to you after the execution of a "good" idea?

I think intrinsically we know that the idea is shit, but we put the thought into action in hopes that somehow, someway, between the incubation of the thought, the germination of the conceptual seed,  and the implementation of the vision of our desperation to make something work, that the idea will in turn find its outward expression in the success of its result.

Instead maybe we should just know when to walk away, whether it be from a person, place, project, or an idea itself. 

What do you think? Have you ever had an idea turn to shit, or a shit idea work out favourably? -tM

Poised II

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I know nothing about this particular photograph, but I want to.

I find every aspect of it intriguing. Confidence and a self-assured stare, takes a back seat to a broken body.

Whoever the subject is, he is ready for this moment in time to become a permanent capture.

This photograph leads me down many roads of thought. -tM

 

A Whimsical Approach to Dating

I want to bring back the Victorian Calling card.

Let's make meeting one another slightly more personal. There is charm, wit, creativity, and bravery that comes along with the flirtatious message and physical approach of your chosen person for the evening.

Let's collectively approach one another in a whimsical way and set aside the impersonal "opportunities" that technology has presented us with. Let's get our hands dirty and our minds actively engaged. 

There is nothing more dangerous then a boy/girl with charm. It's about time we get out there and charm the pants off of one another.

Don't you agree? -tM

  

Power Lines

Artist: Frank Stella (?)

Artist: Frank Stella (?)

Power lines, power suits, power plays, there is usually no room for veering off course when it comes to straight lines.

As limiting as they can be, there is something intensely beautiful about a line that is straight, that knows in which direction it wants to move.

Something beautiful and sexy indeed. -tM

Never be Afraid To Express Yourself

“Dear Collector: We hate you. Sex loses all its power and magic when it becomes explicit, mechanical, overdone, when it becomes a mechanistic obsession. It becomes a bore. You have taught us more than anyone I know how wrong it is not to mix it with emotion, hunger, desire, lust, whims, caprices, personal ties, deeper relationships that change its color, flavor, rhythms, intensities.

You do not know what you are missing by your micro-scopic examination of sexual activity to the exclusion of aspects which are the fuel that ignites it. Intellectual, imaginative, romantic, emotional. This is what gives sex its surprising textures, its subtle transformations, its aphrodisiac elements. You are shrinking your world of sensations. You are withering it, starving it, draining its blood. If you nourished your sexual life with all the excitements and adventures which love injects into sensuality, you would be the most potent man in the world. The source of sexual power is curiosity, passion. You are watching its little flame die of asphyxiation. Sex does not thrive on monotony. Without feeling, inventions, moods, no surprises in bed. Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine."

-Excerpt from Delta of Venus; Anais Nin

The Chauffeur

A 1979 B-side track and video that was censored for many years. 

Inspired by the film The Night Porter and Helmut Newton's photography, the sensuous dance at the end is a homage to Charlotte Rampling's topless "Dance of the Seven Veils" in The Night Porter.

Hauntingly seductive in mood and melody, and erotically charged, this video is a timeless piece of cinematic art. -tM

(Thanks B.)