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"Good art grabs your attention. Great art holds onto it."
"A competent critic doesn't merely react but responds to a piece of art."
"Erotica is the art of sex, without sex."

I am an open-minded and liberated individual with an intriguing mix of masculine and feminine characteristics. I am a practicing nudist and a sex-positive artist, with an interest in blues and rock guitar. I worship youth and femininity, and delight in taking pictures of myself when other models aren't forthcoming.

As a socially-conscious artist, I seek to confront and examine issues related to nudity, gender, and sexuality via the medium of self-portrait photography. I start by challenging the preconceived notions that nudity is private, gender is rigid, and sex is ugly, and see where that leads me.

There is much beauty and intrigue in the process of becoming, that whispers of the mystery of creation itself. It is neither strange nor uncommon for one to become transfixed by it.

A camera is a tool that can be used to either document, or present. A document is merely a record, and is only as interesting as the thing it is documenting. A presentation is a piece of art, that can make even dull things interesting to look at. But the best photographs are presentations that document something interesting.

I dedicate myself to holding erotic works up to the standards of fine art. However, I don't believe there is any utility in disparaging the chaff for the sake of the wheat. Even erotic artists have to start somewhere. And outstanding art, by definition, can only exist as an exception to the common pool of average works. Without constant reference to the banal, we'd lose our appreciation for the sublime. You see, bad art has a purpose - it makes good art even better!

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Gender Transcender by zharth Burning Man (Crackling Fire Version) by zharth Sexual Deviant by zharth I brake for hotties by zharth
If it doesn't turn you on, then just turn it off. by zharth Sex-positive by zharth Card-Carrying Nudist by zharth Bad Reality, Good Fantasy by zharth
Lolita by zharth Objectify Me. I like it. by zharth Censorship is a prison for the mind by zharth Sex Defender by zharth
I've turned into someone else by zharth Conscientious Non-Voter by zharth Clothing Optional Beyond This Point by zharth Action vs. Attraction by zharth
Good Sister, Bad Sister by zharth The God Hypothesis by zharth Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season by zharth Porn First, Guns Second by zharth
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So I hear there's been a rash of deletions of erotic images here on deviantART lately (it's too bad there's no equivalent to the Adult Flickr Members group here on dA, to keep track of everything going on), and I've finally been hit. My initial reaction was righteous indignation, of course, but I'm going to approach this rationally instead of emotionally. I don't know what the cause of this "sting" is - most people suspect new staff members or an army of TOS violation reporters (who have no doubt taken a tip from Communist Russia - keep an eye on your neighbors!) - but the most plausible explanation I've heard is utilization of a new image recognition program (the future is here!). This is actually more terrifying than the other possibilities, because now our freedom of expression is subject to the whims of an unmerciful, inhuman program. Now this is just a rumor (I wish I could find the comment I read that suggested this - these kinds of things disappear surprisingly well on deviantART), but the most salient detail of all these deletions is just how arbitrary and inconsistent they are. A human being (whether staff or upset user) could easily find worse images to single out.

Anyway, I should consider myself fortunate that out of hundreds of nude and erotic images I've posted to this site, only three (so far, at least) were flagged for deletion (and not necessarily the worst, crudest, or most suggestive ones). You win some and you lose some. But it's worth considering which images stuck out, in comparison to all the ones that have not tripped any wires. (Especially if this is an AI we're dealing with, so we can reverse engineer its algorithm, learn what its triggers are, and begin to predict what will set it off). There's just one problem with that. Although the notifications I got in my inbox for the deletions name (and shame) the allegedly policy-violating images, the links to them are broken because they've already been deleted! How am I supposed to learn what a policy violation looks like if I can't see which of my images violated the policy?

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Luckily, I keep meticulous records, and I've been able to - with fairly good confidence - track down the three images that have been deleted, by cross-referencing the posting dates with my original files. All three images were reportedly removed for the inclusion of "a penis which is considered to be 'erect'", despite the fact that I have deliberately filtered all images with erections out of the pool from which I choose to upload deviations to this site. So it would appear that this is another case of the age old question, how erect is erect? (And the answer would seem to be: not very).

Which begs the question, how erect am I in these three pictures? I will concede that we're wading into murky waters here, but allow me to make my case. By my own definition, I would not describe any of these pictures as including an erection, although there may be some partial engorgement involved (as happens naturally for a male, especially in the course of a nude photo shoot). Still, there is no rigidity, and the penis (where it hangs freely) curves towards the floor. I would argue that the defining quality of an erection is the way it sticks out, and stands at attention. To judge an erection based sheerly on length or girth is to discriminate against the well-endowed. To whatever extent it may be considered that erections pose a viewing "hazard" (to minors or prudes or whatever), it should be the erectness of the penis and not its size that is considered. Or are we saying that big penises are more sexual than small ones? That to be well-endowed in a nudist or artistic environment should be considered a sex act?

My position - however logical I think it is - would be easy enough to refute. You could write me off as a pervert (I plead guilty) trying to circumvent the rules (to that I'd have to mount a defense). But listen. The penis is a highly mutable organ. It fluctuates constantly, adjusting to environmental stimuli - such as heat and pressure. It has functions beyond the sexual. Sometimes it's larger and sometimes it's smaller - the same way the scrotum rises and falls and undulates, or the way that nipples harden. It's largest when it's erect, but not all growth indicates sexual stimulation. Sometimes my penis shrivels up like a frightened turtle. Other times it sticks its head out proudly, like a rocket on a launchpad. Most of the times it's somewhere in between.

I suppose I'm at a disadvantage because I've taken lots of pictures of erections, and know what they look like.* An erection is not ambiguous, by its very nature. A penis that hangs down, curving towards the floor, not protruding exceptionally far from the body, cannot be described as an "erection". I think it's only fair that anyone (man or machine) whose duty it is to censor erections should be mandated to view images of actual erections, regularly. So they know what they're looking for. Because when erections are banned (as they have been on this site for as long as I've been a member), and nobody sees any erections any more, then people will look at the penises they can see, and start to judge those that are slightly longer or thicker or more protruding than the rest as erections. And after those penises are banned, what happens next? Only men with pencil dicks will be allowed to pose for art? This is the very definition of a slippery slope.

We put so much effort into controlling the exchange of information, propping up in our minds this illusion of the harm that an exposure to human sexuality allegedly causes (when the reverse is probably true - making sex a taboo rots the brain). To what ultimate end? The sanitization of people's minds? (Not that that even works - we're still quite filthy, in spite of any attempts to prevent this). But, it's probably useless to try to rationalize what, I suspect, will ultimately turn out to be a completely arbitrary and inconsistent application of the rules of this site, in the never-ending war of the forces of hatred and darkness against anything that could perceivably give someone else joy of an erotic nature (oh, the horror!). As long as I can keep posting some images of my naked body that will surely get audiences hot and bothered, then my goal is fulfilled. And if, in the future, posting rules become so tight as to be stifling, or if deviantART correctly identifies me as a "deviant artist" - and therefore unfit for this website - then I assure you there will always be other ways to access my work.

*Perhaps the strongest argument in my defense is a piece of evidence that, as I have lamented before, is inadmissible in court - an actual picture of an erection for comparison. I put together a personalized response to deviantART on this matter. I can't show you here for obvious reasons, but if you navigate to my erotic photography blog, Truth & Beauty, look for an image at the top of the sidebar on the right.

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5ime0n Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Wonderful galleries; there is an otherworldly grace about your poses that is often beautifully complemented by the intensity of the gaze.

I admire your strength of character, and am eager to see what you choose to share next.

Good for you, keep up the fantastic work.
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zharth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you! Your support and enthusiasm is much appreciated. :D
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zharth Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Photographer
LadyLambdadelta, why comment on my profile if you're just going to block me so I can't respond?
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LadyLambdadelta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
What a pervert.
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Deskriuwer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Why?
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LadyLambdadelta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
They're a nudist.
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Deskriuwer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Do you think nudism is immoral? And why do you think so? 
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Malcsik Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
Your gallery brilliant!
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zharth Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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DustyRhodesAhead Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
Beautiful images.  Thanks for what you do.
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