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"Vagina Dialogue", 2001

My work is on a complete positive note... Inspired by; "The Vagina Monologues, created and performed by Eve Ensler, debuted off-off-Broadway in 1996. This controversial work soon rode a wave of national acclaim and continues to be performed in North America and around the world. It has been translated into 14 different languages and performed in over 30 different countries."

Critiques

Michael Sebastian , January 11, 2005; 04:56 P.M.

ouch

other than depicting a neatly trimmed equipage of multiply-pierced external genitalia, this photo does not really "say" anything to me or move me except to squirm in my seat and reach for the ointment.

I like the rest of your nude work, in its entirety, much better.

have a look at my portfolio as well-feedback appreciated; it's small so it won't take you long!

best, Michael Sebastian

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Peter Nelson , January 11, 2005; 06:47 P.M.

That's not a vagina

I've noticed ever since Eve Ensler's work became popular that no one, male or female, has a clue what a vagina is anymore!!!

What you've photographed there is a "vulva", or at least part of one. It has LOTS of synomyms, so we don't need any more words for it. But "vagina" has NO common synonyms, so if we redefine "vagina" to mean "vulva" there will no longer be a word for vagina. THEN how will people refer to it?

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Robie Kulokivi , January 12, 2005; 04:46 P.M.

Dia-logic....

Thank you Michael and Peter for your comments. There are of course a certain amount of other practical things that spring to mind when viewing this photograph. I'm certain you are right in the terminology and definition of human parts...(see, this actually makes a dialog)

kristina lagelli-lazar , January 24, 2005; 03:34 A.M.

brrrrrrrrr

this little sex organ outer is a very good example for watching our bodies as time goes by.i just imagine the same modell ten years later... otherwise, with a different position a lights you might have been able to create a bit mor astethic image. although probably asthethism was probably none of your goals...

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Robie Kulokivi , January 26, 2005; 12:45 P.M.

As time goes by...

A very good point Kristina and I certainly hope I have the opportunity to photograph this model in the future. As for any aestethics I have strived for a symmetrical closely cropped (no pun intended) view of jewelry in places unseen by most, but certainly felt by the bearer.

Maurizio Tintori , December 17, 2005; 06:52 A.M.

intersting....

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Michael Papendieck , December 29, 2005; 02:59 P.M.

why is there so much metal?

Sometimes I think it is a kind of self-punishment if somebody puts so much metal to its body?

Michael

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Robie Kulokivi , December 30, 2005; 05:34 P.M.

Metal indeed...removable however

This is not really my field ...but I suppose us human beings have adorned or altered our bodies in different ways and for different reasons trough recorded history..be how it may I guess any metal jewelry is eventually removable, unlike other type of permanent alterations even more unfathomable by reason (be it religious or artistic).

On a lighter note; Let's hope for an even better New Year 2006.

Jim Adams , January 11, 2006; 06:21 P.M.

Hmmm...

Rather than get into a debate over semantics or the ins and outs (no pun intended) regarding the practice of genital piercings, I'll just say I like this a lot, and am glad you made this shot.

I actually have a few images of this nature myself, just never got around to posting them.

The only problem I have with the image itself is that, even viewed at the larger setting, this one seems to lack the image quality/resolution of all your other work. It looks a bit pixelated.

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Robie Kulokivi , January 12, 2006; 05:03 P.M.

Darth Scanner....

I hide any talent behind my cheap (and practical I might add) scanner.

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