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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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