My first public posted erotica story was Bikini Brothel. It was a parody of the bad kind of stories I was reading. To give my story structure, I used the story frame and conventions of late night B-movies which I enjoyed watching. In my story, Heather and Michelle inherit a brothel from an aunt who had her women dress in full dresses. Heather and Michelle changed the uniform to bikini’s, and business booms. This happened while every one had double digit orgasms. I think there was a Ninja involved too.
There are many psychological reasons for why I decided to start with a parody. For one thing, if you are writing ‘funny’ sex, than there is little pressure to actually be sexy. Second, if your story blows chunk then you can hide behind the idea that the story was meant to blow chunks to be funny.
As I get more involved with photography, I start to see a bigger reason I started with parodies that I had never noticed before. Parodies cannibalize existing material. It’s almost paint by numbers except you are replacing creativity with humor. You just take a plot you already know and recreate it.
Which brings me to today’s picture. I find I have almost zero creativity when it comes to taking pictures. Right now I am just too overwhelmed by the technical aspects to have my own ideas. To help me out, I have created a strange sort of self-taught method that involves trying to duplicate other people’s more inspired shots.
Todays picture started with an idea from an Easter Peep set with a twist from one of my favorite Urban Gypsy pictures. Keep in mind I’m not going for an exact recreation. I’m just trying to set an interesting goal and then try to reach it. I’m sure in time I’ll have my own novel ideas. If writing was any indication, that will only take a year or three. Sigh.
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I like your pictures better than your inspiration – maybe I’m prejudiced because I enjoy your writing too.
woops – not urban gypsy inpiration – I mean the easter peep inpspiration, is it more artistic than the original? Not sure
musns- Thanks :)
I found it helped when I saw a picture that I liked to analyze the picture. What drew me to it? Was it the image? The composition? The juxtaposition of colors or images? Eventually you internalize what you are looking for in your images.
Especially with a fixed subject play with the variables. Move in tighter, redo the composition; object centered, at the 1/3 point. Head on, angled. Especially with the digital format, feedback is almost immediate and the cost is zero to play with the variables.
Even when you have the image. Pull it up in editing software and play with the composition. Is tighter better (usually not always)? Is the image better if I adjust the contrast? Does making part of the image pop by playing with the color balance improve the picture or not?
white rabbit- Thanks. I took your advice at frolicon yesterday and I was much happier with my shots.