by Katharina Poblotzki
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I wrote an article about my masturbation series for REFINERY29
From the article:
That awkward moment when we finally stopped talking, and they began moving their hands into their pants (with me snapping away), was difficult for all the models. But, I was surprised at how honest and un-staged their performances were. There was no vain posing or over-the-top, fake moaning. I didn’t give any direction to the models and every one had a totally different style, a body language all their own, and a method to shut out everything else and focus on themselves. I wanted to capture the tension — sometimes verging on strain — of this part of sexuality. After all, the practice is used in so many ways: as a hangover cure, to kill boredom, or to combat insomnia.
Masturbation isnʼt necessarily romantic; itʼs not a show for anybody and it doesnʼt have to look good. That was reason enough for me to undertake this boundary-pushing project and put such an intimate act on display.
Ivan Vartanian, curator of the exhibition KYOTO GRAPHIE talks about finding new ways of presenting photography that are pushing the envelope and the potential of photo books in the digital age.
Where Next Japan:
The Japanese photo book has undergone many changes in the last few decades. A wild, subversive, even sexual, genre in the 60s and 70s, more modern tomes, though may be less overt, are no less meaningful and boundary-pushing than their predecessors.
Q:So at least two models you have worked with do porn. Are you in the porn industry?
More than two of the models that I have worked with are or have been involved in adult work. I don’t worry about it, because 1) it has no impact on my working with them and the images I create and 2) it is a choice among consenting adults and none of my damn business.
You can see everything that I shoot right here and on my MM.
Sorry, no porn starlet sexy-time stories, either. If we did anything other than shoot, then it would have been getting something to eat and talking about art and/or travel. Sucks for you if that’s boring. :)
Strange that “Anonymous” would conclude that a photographer must be in the porn industry if he or she photographs someone who has worked in that industry. By that logic, one might assume I’m in the medical profession if I photograph a doctor.
By the way, people have a nasty habit of relating to people who work in adult work as if they’re doing something illegal. Pornography is legal, period.
The last shoot for my Cheap Motel project that’s been going on since 2005 or so. Now, the long difficult task of pulling the best images together and searching for a publisher.
Have to thank London Andrews for being such an awesome model and person. I had been wanting to photograph her for quite a few years now and it finally happened and I could not be more elated.
If you get the chance to work with her, do it. She is beyond cool.