Photographing, best I could, the smoky, sultry, elegant Aria Giovanni, was to participate in the making of art in the same way the great masters did it. I make no comparison of my talent to the great masters, but I do know enough about creative work to say with confidence that the desire to make art is the same.
I wrote this under one of my photos of Aria on my Tumblr site (August 7, 2010):
…I could spend days in the Art Institute, but the fact is that all the artists whose work I admire in the Art Institute (and every artist I’ve ever known personally and respected) would never have understood why I continued to stand around in the museum looking at their work when I could go back to my hotel and photograph one of the finest models of our era. Can one possibly imagine, say, Michelangelo or Gauguin, to name only two masters, passing up the chance to work with a woman like Aria Giovanni? Pure pleasure.
I mentioned Michelangelo above because I was thinking of the way he painted bodies: like a sculptor. I knew that, with Aria, I had worked with a full-figured model who had a body made for sculpting as well as for painting and photographing. I knew, too, that Gauguin would have been attracted to her look. And Gauguin certainly would have shown us her glorious breasts in his paintings.
Unfortunately, the news this month tells us of a woman who attacked a Gauguin painting--Two Tahitian Women--in Washington, D.C. The painting, she believes, is evil.
Upon hearing of this attack, I could not help remembering the attack on the Diego Velázquez masterpiece, the “Rokeby Venus” (The Toilet of Venus), early in the 20th century by a suffragette.
I have learned that it is terribly hard--indeed, impossible--for some people to separate an appreciation for feminine physical beauty from male chauvinism. That’s such a shame. In my experience, the female is every bit as capable of intellectual or spiritual gifts as any male. But whereas no man interests me on a physical level, women do. For over a decade, since she was a Penthouse Pet in September 2000, Aria Giovanni has been a star for many of us who love the look of glamour/erotica/fetish, particularly when the woman exudes that life-giving look of health and vitality.
While my time with Aria--some shared time in a group shoot and then later a couple of hours for a private shoot--was all too brief, I will tell you that during the private shoot she discussed art and music and reading with intelligence and ease. On a personal level she has grace and oozes charm. And I need not waste words extolling her physical allure. Look at her photos!
Thank you, Aria!
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