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Art Sharing #3: Steven Perry of deviantart (photography)


Steven Perry
(contemporary)


His other photography is great, but Steven's self-portraits just -- render me speechless and staring. I think many of us are afraid to show our complexity, because we feel that one side of us might somehow taint or invalidate the other side, or because we want to belong to a community; Steven faces that fear and laughs in its face. He shares every aspect of himself with utter rawness and honesty, and his photos SHOUT their meaning, flood you with emotion in response. Fear, love, anger, tenderness, depression, joy, self-assurance, self-hate -- showing true emotion is just the beginning. Every photo has a story to tell you and truths to give, both personal and universal.

Steven also explores what it means to live in a male body. Many nude male artists pose to hide the penis, as if it is something inherently more shameful than the rest of the body -- Steven doesn't (and he's gotten a lot of attacking from the community for it but he's not backing down). He doesn't allow himself to be restricted by the expectations most people have of a person living in a male body -- whether that be pose styles, body decorations, or whatever. Possibly more than anyone else, he has taught me what it means to be simply human, regardless of body shape.

These deserve to be seen full-size, & the artist comments he includes are often enlightening, so
I urge you to click to enlarge -- for the nudes, you will have to have a deviantart account and be signed in.






You Surround Me




Whisper




No Audible Dialogue




Revolution




Meaning




No Longer




Emergence




EXPIRATION




Vivid




Right Through Me




You Took...




Consumed




Runaway




Coming Around Again




The Echo




Mad World




The Mysterious




Believe Again




FREE




A New Love




I Still Believe




Pink




Blues Away II




Get Over It!

sounds: Silversun Pickups: "Well Thought Out Twinkles"
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Comments
chokethewind ══╣╠══
I <3 runaway, a new love, and pink.
belenen ══╣artless╠══
awesome ;-)
acid_burns ══╣╠══
My poor lesbian eyes ::just kidding:: :)

You know what? I would actually happily have this hanging on my wall. Truly. It's really fascinating. No Longer and The Echo are also stunning. He uses colours extremely well.

YAY! ART FRIDAYS! This is fast becoming my favourite LiveJournal day.
bluebl00d ══╣Jamie : Hazel Eyes╠══
I too told myself as I was scrolling down "my poor lesbian eyes" ;)

For the sake of art, I don't mind seeing a penis :p
belenen ══╣eccentric╠══
*giggles* oh dear ;-p
belenen ══╣hopeful╠══
haha :-p

I agree on the use of colors! and it makes me SO happy that you're enjoying these posts :D
bluebl00d ══╣Jamie : Hazel Eyes╠══
I can't pick which one I like best, I can't even pick a top 5. It's amazing how he can express such a diverse range of emotions with the usage of a mixture of his body and lighting. Each of these self portraits are absolutely stunning.

How can you not adore A NEW LOVE? ♥ It's too cute.
belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
yay! I'm delighted that they spoke to you ♥

it is too cute! and makes me want another kitten!
deleon ══╣╠══
Wow! I love this artist! And I think it is great he unabashedly includes his penis!
belenen ══╣artless╠══
I agree! ;-)
armandii ══╣╠══
I really like his work
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
awesome ;-)
tralfamadore ══╣╠══
Oh, definitely. I don't know how long ago it was that I discovered this artist, but from the beginning I was absolutely amazed at the intensity he could bring to a photograph just through his body and a simple outfit. I espec Dirty Little Secrets gallery.
belenen ══╣passionate╠══
oh, me too. That gallery is amazing... it says things that can't be said with mere words.
browneyedgirl65 ══╣╠══
Wow...amazing! It really brings home the fact that we cover up the male body, doesn't it? I mean, we'd not blink one bit if these were posed by women, would we? And setting aside the issue of whether this is sexually appealing to us (yeah, had to chuckle at the "my lesbian eyes" comments, too), I'm delighted to see a proper *inclusion* of the male figure in nude photography. If this sort of thing were as unremarkable as of females, we'd be in a much better place in this world, I think.
belenen ══╣feminist╠══
YES. I totally agree and I am so glad you commented! I was annoyed when I happened to watch an episode of 'phenomenon' in which there were four males and one female competing, and the men were clad in long sleeved jackets and pants, showing NOTHING, while the woman was wearing a tight, low & high cut dress that required her to stand carefully in order not to flash undies at the front row! and she was commended for using her sex appeal -- of course, the men were not berated for NOT using any such thing. All this on a show about 'mentalists' or magicians. and the really horrific thing? had she worn what the males wore, she would have been treated as less valid, maybe had jokes about her sexuality made, or been scolded for dressing prudishly. She would not have made it to the final five. This kind of shit is... unspeakably infuriating!
browneyedgirl65 ══╣╠══
Ah yes, we're damned if we do, damned if we don't...
kevloid2008 ══╣╠══
not bad. I liked 'meaning' and a couple others were interesting.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
cool ;-)
frecklestars ══╣╠══
Oooo I love Revolution and Get Over It. Your artist recommendations are always so good.
belenen ══╣artless╠══
Get Over It is definitely my fav. ;-) and thanks! :D
supremegoddess1 ══╣╠══
those are amazing!
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
I agree!
phydeau ══╣╠══
My poor, lesbian eyes!

Oh, wait, no.

Steven Perry's great.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
haha, this made me lol! ;-) glad you like!
dramatyc ══╣╠══
Lol, my favorite one was with the kitty. I'm sorry, but that is just one damn adorable kitten. ^____^ lol
belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
well of course! yay kittens ;-)
unnecessary_ ══╣╠══
The one with the kitten definitely wins my vote.
belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
I love that one too ;-)
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Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.