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From time to time, I receive a remark regarding the censorship of comments on my page, followed by the usual slogans about me or the model not accepting criticism.

The overwhelming majority of the girls on my pages are not professional models and I have difficulty sometimes arguing that largely serious people, artists, will comment on their nudity. Three of them until now have asked me to remove their entire portfolios because some people will insist on only writing about their anatomy.

I do not object at all when someone says something polite about the model. I object when the only purpose of the comment is her physique and nothing else, notably her "ass" and her "tits". Frankly, the models are not interested either to read meaningless comments about their eating habits, this is about photography, not their personal lifestyle. Is it too much to ask for the understanding of a grown up fellow artist on Deviant Art?

In no way does this infringe in any way on critiques passed on the quality of my work that I welcome warmly. The more severe, the happier I am, because it is what helps me to improve. I never fail to thank people that take the trouble to be constructive and more than once I have been saved in extremis by people that point out a fault, just before I moved to publication.

That said, I cannot possibly please everyone. If you don't like my attitude, I am certain there is lots of other work you can look at on DA without wasting your time on my page. I am not interested in having superman-style virtual duels on the net. Alike all of us, I have more important, real challenges to face in life.

I guess this is a moment of frustration that is understandable, given the anonymity of the net and the lack of empathy expressed by some people in this medium.

Of course I photograph girls. I try to do it however without the vulgarity that frequently accompanies this type of work and it would be nice, particularly for them, if it was treated accordingly. Thank you.

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JohnPeri
Please respect the models in your comments, thank you.
Current Residence: Paris ...
Favourite photographer: Predictable: Yussuf Karsh, de Diennes, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Leni Riefenstahl
Favourite style of art: 15th/16th Century Flemish school and early South Indian/Tibetan bronzes
Personal Quote: BYRON: "I wish men to be free as much from mobs and Kings - from you as me".
Interests
My INSTAGRAM Account:  www.instagram.com/jp_artphotos…

MY LATEST BOOK:  2018


"A long weekend with "Mila" ... 


a selection of photos may be seen here ... 

www.blurb.com/b/8500229-a-long…



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My other recent book on "Portrait of a Young Lady", 98 pages, you can view some of the content here .. 



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THE BOOKSTORE where you will find all my other books for sale (click on the images to view the content):  www.blurb.com/user/store/johnp… 

 
LATEST NEWS: books now also available as Apps for smartphones IPad etc., ...


KAMILA's BOOK has been re-edited .. : www.blurb.com/b/4664202-kamila…


 and in e-book form : store.blurb.com/ebooks/442236-…


The original, longer version of this book is still available of anyone wants it: store.blurb.com/my/books/39084…

and in e-book form: store.blurb.com/ebooks/363532-…

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Also published :

1. STREET NUDES ..
www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…
(available also through i-tunes, the Apple bookstore .. itunes.apple.com/us/book/id591… )
 
2. KAMILA ..
a fashion model and friend ... www.blurb.com/distribution?id=…

3. "P R I V A T E - R E C O L  L EC T IO N S  of the girl next door"
    NB.  .. new edition now available ....  www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2…

4.  GABI's BOOK  ..
    www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail…

5.  "REBECCA's BOOK" ..
  www.blurb.com/b/1729731-rebecc…

6.   "A N   A P A R T M E N T   I N   N E W   Y O R K"
  www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/3…

7.  "C ON V ER S A T I O N   P I E C E S, my friend Gaia"
      www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail… .. the personal life of a fashion model ..

You can browse through selected pages of all the books by pressing on the "PREVIEW" button.



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"My photography"

Photography for me is largely about moments, moments that we seize and attempt to hold on to. I have no special aim otherwise, other than to try and produce some attractive pictures of my models. What I frequently enjoy doing is to photograph the girl next door, real persons that we can identify with and imagine that we know, in fact that we so often do. I like to show how they move around and behave when they are alone and natural. Many of the photographs are posed of course, but often when a girl is staying with me, I will follow her around and take  pictures of her at various intervals during the day. They soon get used to it and do not seem to be hindered by the intrusion.

Inevitably, some will always claim that to show a woman in her intimacy is derogatory, but  in that case I think that they have little understanding of the female personality. When a woman accepts to reveal herself in this manner, she expresses her self confidence and her power, not just over herself but over others too. It goes beyond defiance, it is a means of asserting her right to believe in who she is. The more sensual and feminine the photo, the more meaningful the result.

As for the models, I guess we choose them in accordance with the result we want. An elegant girl will look elegant in a photo too!  

I suppose one also needs some basic understanding of the camera, but possibly less than some may claim. I never felt that any of the "greats" of photography were technically proficient above all, other than in terms of lighting and composition. The more I visit galleries, museums and exhibitions, the more convinced I become of this. It can be annoying to those that spend hours fine tuning and perfecting their technique, but that is not what art is all about. When someone such as Pollock splashes paint on a canvas with a bucket and steps on it or Yoko Ono throws tomatoes on the wall, there is no special methodology involved, yet these are at the forefront of what the world considers art and creativity today. Of course these are extreme examples chosen so as to underline the point, but I think that art has more to do with impact and what feelings are evoked than with any special methods or technique used in making it. 

NB. Please do not ask me for the models' names or to send them messages. I am a photographer and neither a model agency nor a matrimonial service .. : -).  


The "cigarettes", the "wine" ..

I am surprised how often people comment on this in my photos. It is astonishing how puritanical and intrusive society has become.

A model will look more natural when she is doing something, holding a book, a wine glass, a cigarette, whatever. A cigarette is of particular interest to me in that it helps to emulate the cinematographic style of the 50's that I like so much (HumphreyBogart/Lauren Bacall). I don't think that any figure in a book by Alan Edgar Poe would feel at ease without one either .. surely that too is understandable.


The "Provocateurs"

I have often wondered what it is that drives some people to measure up to others by provoking them  anonymously on the net. Is it a search for identity, recognition or self assertion? I cannot help feeling that some form of inadequacy drives them to behave in this manner. After all, there are so many "real" challenges to be faced in life by those willing and able to confront them.

As a photographer of young ladies, I occasionally  find myself the target of such attention. I will humour them once, rarely twice, but then thankfully DA offers us the option to block them and they can go and express their frustrations somewhere else .. : -)


"Underaged Models"  and  "body weight"

Needless to say, all my models without exception are above 18 years old and have signed appropriate "release forms". Any messages to this end are a waste of everybody's time, mine in particular. Please stop fantasizing in this respect.

As for their "weight", another frequent aberration in the comments, all the models in my portfolio (other than one that has a metabolic disorder and deplores people being so ill mannered as to mention it),  have a perfectly normal BMI (Body Mass Index). This is a measureable unit that responds to medical criteria and has nothing to do with people's opinion on the matter. Sometimes the models may seem a little too "perfect" which appears to irritate some people. But this is photography and we tend to idealize the world.

Repeatedly, I receive messages from young ladies on DA who feel threatened by the models on our pages. It is strange how politically correct it is considered to speak out against the pressures brought upon young people by the cosmetic industry, but strangely not that by the food and beverage companies that encourage people to eat large quantities of junk food. The greatest cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world today is not underweight, it is OBESITY. Even moderate obesity leads to hypertension, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, not to mention obstructive sleep apnea and infertility in women. Furhermore, the Journal of Pediatrics reported recently that Obese women have 67% more chance of giving birth to autistic children. 

In July 2013, thankfully, the American Medical Association finally designated Obesity a "disease". 

Now these are the lessons that should be communicated to young people today and not this hysteria about women appearing to look too thin in magazines, making others feel threatened in comparison. 


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Not related to Photography:

A. CONSPIRACY THEORIES

I have been reading up on "conspiracy":

Whenever things go wrong politically or people are unable to cope, they resort to conspiracy theories of varying content and degree. Aristotle described conspiracy as the impossibility to manage, the standard excuse for failure and inability to overcome weakness. This is particularly true in various countries of the Mediterranean, where extraordinary theories are brought forward to compensate for the incompetence and corruption that local governments have produced.

However, as Francois de La Rochefoucauld rightly said, the greatest evil comes from within and what we do to ourselves. No one is out to destroy us as some claim. We do everything necessary in order to destroy ourselves, and then we blame others for the result.


B. POLITICAL DEMAGOGUES: Extremism ... left or right, same thing.

Political demagogues, such as those that always surface in difficult times, feed on people's ignorance, weakness and stupidity. They express grandiose ideas about what should be done but are never able to suggest realistically how to do it. When confronted with the facts, they ignore reality and hide the truth, extolling surrealistic theories based on promises and lies.

Equally influential to the extreme left are the right wing mavericks which point the finger at the immigrants and other minority groups. They enforce security in the streets under the umbrella of national interest and bring support to the enfeebled with the purpose of gaining power, prestige (and votes) with the general population.

This is how "totalitarianism" begins, by feeding on the ignorance of the masses .. though astonishingly enough, even some educated people get drawn in, not least some I have communicated with on these pages. 

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And now we have TRUMP, a product of our times .. wow, now that is really something, what next! 

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Personal:  I was a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer in the cardiovascular field for several years before I moved to Industry - quantum mechanics, astrophysics and photography are my hobbies.

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For some reason, I cannot edit my Profile above .. My "Current Residence" is Athens, with frequent return to Paris and visits to New York ...

  • Reading: Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin

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:iconteddymack:
teddymack Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Stopped by to see your latest, wonderful and classy images as always. Hope you have been well. 
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Many thanks for passing by Teddy,  love your new work also ...
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Karlikson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  New Deviant
Clap Clap Clap Love I am a dummy! Clap Clap Clap I love this gallery
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madlynx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018   Photographer
Thanks for dropping by my :gallery:  

Have a Very Nice Week-end John   :peace:&:love::sun: :flagcanada:                         

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VSConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you for the visit friend! :nod: 
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Pastelinee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I just wanted to say I absolutely adore your shots of your models and I love that your work doesn't seem to be heavily edited and I think that's very important in today's world. The naturality of the woman's body is so clear in your shots and I LOVE it. Keep doing what you do.
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SexyNora15 Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Student Photographer
Beautiful work, i love it..Clap 
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Euphelie201 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
handsome photos! a gentle touch in aestetique.
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MightyArry Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
John, I am new to DA but not your work, been a distant admirer for many years.  I took the time to read your intro/philosophy/ideas/etc out of respect before posting.  I'm not surprised at your intellectual background since many remarks were far over my head. 
I am going to try to keep this brief as I don't have the 2 hours necessary to address all I would like and it would probably bore most who would consider reading!  When I do find that fleeting time I will send a message.
I saw someone say something I completely agreed with - your style is instantly recognizable and unique.  I'm sure that's one of the most satisfying compliments anyone could pay you.
The only criticism I have - and it's a selfish one which you'll see - I'm a 'complete-ist' (if that's even a word, maybe it can be classified as a concept).  I like to know as much about a photograph as possible.  I do, however, understand you and your models preferring to remain anonymous, albeit a tad begrudgingly :P
Lastly, on body type.  Agency standard is what I like (shocking, eh), and although everyone has their opinions and likes/desires/etc., none should be shamed for whatever reason unless they are out looking for it ie: non 'Agency Standard' women crying they're not in the VS show or whatever.  No 'Industry Standard' model cries they're not in those shows (if they exist).  I step off the soapbox w/r/t that idiocy...
Alas, keep up the great work, I look forward to your art for years to come.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018
Thank you for these encouraging words, strangely it is sometimes easier to respond to criticism than to more flattering remarks, but I certainly appreciate it, very much  .. : -).  Thank you again, for your kind words. John









  
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slaverandi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Thank you for sharing an extraordinary body of work.  My thanks to you and your models for all the hard work and the truly lovely results.
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
That's much appreciated, thank you. 
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Bushi357 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so glad you took the time to say something about vulgar & crass comments about the models. The amount of juvenile sexually explicit comments I see here makes me angry & I am far from prudish. I just wish these cretinous dolts could curb their childish hormones long enough to see the shapes & forms, not the "tits, ass & P$$y" that they seem unable to NOT comment on.
As for the weight police, in a word, Fuck them. In photography, it sometimes takes extremes to make a shot work, and despite the fashion industries past crimes, there are actually still some naturally very thin girls and women in this world, and the the haters can stuff it for all I care. I like models on the plump side too and I hear all about that as well. As you said, you cannot please some people.
Cheers in 2018, and as always, I look forward to seeing your work as the year progresses.
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VSConcepts Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Good morning and thank you for your visit sir! :handshake: :salute:
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GregKirkpatrickPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I like and endorse your piece on vulgar thoughtless comments. Bravo
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Thank you, it's principally in defense of the models.
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GregKirkpatrickPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Naturally. I have taken issue myself on behalf of the modela. People seem tp imagine they are impervious to nasty remarks, or that they dont read tge comments. Of course they do, and of course they are hurr when they are devalued.
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HoremWeb Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017   Photographer
Dear John, I wish you Merry Christmas and happy New Year with plenty of beautiful models and also plenty of time (and money) to do your magic. I think this magic is not photography itself, but bringing the most beautiful personality of your models to photograph them at their best. Many photographers shoot great models but the same models look way more relaxed, happier and more self-conscious when you're behind the lens. Keep this magic working, John.

Perhaps your cardiovascular knowledge gives you the ability to touch women's heart this way? I doubt, but anyway you do something extremely well ;)
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JohnPeri Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017
Thank you my friend, you are most kind and generous, I wish you a very Happy New Year also.  As regards the photography, one word struck me which was the money. In the old days of film, it was a very costly hobby, however today with rechargeable batteries and memory chips, once one possesses a camera the expense can be reduced to zero, so no student or amateur should be discouraged. Indeed, I do work with some professional models now, but in the old days they were totally inaccessible to me. 
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