Saturday, 5 June 2010

Jean Luc Godard and Pornography


I haven't posted anything good for the past few days/week due to an extensive amount of the following

  • Studying for exams
  • Jean Luc Godard's films
  • Very sexual photography
Jean Luc Godard is a French/Swiss film maker. My favourite film by him has to be Masculin/Feminin (1966 I think). It's absolutely breath taking. Vivre Sa Vie is also brilliant.
(clip from Masculin/Feminin)

But I know you don't really care too much for French cinema right now. Not when I've mentioned upcoming sex. Lately I've been looking at a lot of really sexual photography. Looking at some of them, I really wonder if pornography can be art. I know a lot of people who appreciate nude photography, even slightly sexual ones but they say once it turns explicit, it's no longer artistic. Now when I say pornography, I don't mean hardcore redtube porn or whatever it is you kids are into nowadays.
I mean

I realised most of the pictures are black and white. Does that make them seem less raw and more artistic to you, or is it all the same?
I don't know- what do you think? Do you just see the a screen shot of a lame porn film or what?

PS. I don't get off looking at these. Just so you won't need to wonder.


  1. To be honest, I think they're all very artistic pieces. It's true that provocative art generates a lot of debate, but then again, pretty much anything that touches upon sex, religion and politics has the ability to do so.

    Many people also say that we're "desensitized". But I don't think so, I think we've become more sensitive. I don't see the need for artists to hide certain parts of their objects unless it's for a purpose. If people keep censoring art, sooner or later they're going to put underwear on Ancient Greek statues.

    But that's just my humble opinion. I don't see anything wrong or offensive about the human body and I quite like it when artist celebrates sex and the human body simply because it's such a natural thing.

    I also recently watched a documentary on sex in cinema. Or more specifically, the "indie cinema". It's called "Indie Sex" or something like that. Talked about films such as "Nine Songs", "Brown Bunny", "Ken Park", etc. Twas very interesting.

    But you're right, there is a very fine line between pornography and art; it's also evident in the film industry and in literature. And in Australia, there's a photographer named Bill Henson where he took photographs of a nude 13 year old girl (with her consent). That generated much debate and controversy on the topic of censorship as the government is considering internet censorship for anything they find offensive.

    I can see where they're coming from, but.. I guess I'm just not a censorship person. I like my nude art, I like reading/writing about death and dying, and I like playing games where I get to kill people.

  2. Wow. I totally went off topic just then. Sorry about that. :/

    Anyways, I find your comment on the black & white thing very interesting. And I think it does give the photographs a more artistic feel and it's also less confronting.. in a way.

  3. Being black and white automatically makes a photo/film a piece of art.

    It's true.

  4. That's not what I said Henry :P I said it makes it seem less crude, in ways. Don't go all sarcastic on me.

    And that sounds like an interesting documentary. I'mma watch that :)