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Canadian photographer’s “Sex Goddess Project” is a realistic exploration of sexuality (NSFW)

Canadian photographer’s “Sex Goddess Project” is a realistic exploration of sexuality (NSFW)

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by March 19, 2017 Photographers

Even in the 21st century, the topic of sexuality is still a hotly divisive issue. For women, especially, whether or not a woman can be comfortable showing off her body and still be considered a feminist remains a controversial topic.

Photographer Ricardo Scipio has been exploring what it means for women to show off their bodies, and how they can comfortably express themselves. Scipio, who grew up in Toronto, has been working on the “Sex Goddess Project,” which he describes as a “celebration of women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages, expressing their sexuality in an authentic and unapologetic way.”

Now working on his 6th book – a 244-page book featuring real women – Scipio says he wants to show how empowered women can and should be when it comes to owning their sexuality. The project presents viewers with “rich unscripted images of empowered women in intimate acts of unbounded sex and sexuality with their chosen partners.”

Scipio wants his work to be seen as something completely different from porn or erotica. In his photos, sexual power remains in the hands of his female subjects – a dig at the imbalance of power present in the porn industry.

His beginnings as a fashion photographer influence much of his conscious photographic decisions. Disillusioned by a standard of beauty that excludes those with realistic-sized bodies and women of color, Scipio committed to feature them in his body of work, which also includes three independent feature films.

The project has also been an eye-opener for Scipio, who has had to question his own boundaries. In wanting to keep his work out of the realm of porn, he realized that he had also been repressing how his subjects wanted to portray their sexuality.

Recognizing this, Scipio says he now feels humbled and proud to provide women a platform to express themselves with love and authenticity, which porn does not offer.

“I’ve learned that it’s not that important or even interesting to photograph anyone’s exterior – no matter how pretty or dazzling that surface might be. It’s a person’s energy – their inner light that makes for great photographs,” he says.

“Sex is way too important to leave in the hands of pornographers,” he adds.

Source:

Huffington Post Canada

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