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Friday, April 13, 2012

30 Days of Photographs II: Pleasure

Many things bring me pleasure. Warm summer rain, for example. Chocolate. Cool autumn rain. Sleep. Refreshing spring rain. The dark of night. Walking in the rain. A good book. Rain. But honestly, when I hear the word "pleasure" none of those things comes to mind. Not at first. The first thing I think about is lust, desire, lovemaking. The Big O.

No, not Oprah.

I thought about how to accurately portray that feeling, and the ideas that I discarded ranged from mildly amusing to completely outrageous. It's weird, because we're not really supposed to be thinking about lust and desire and pleasure, and certainly not expressing them in pictures. (At least not outside of the safe confines of the home.) There's a bit of a "don't go there" surrounding the notion of pleasure, and it's no wonder, I mean, as far sins go, lust made it into the top seven, after all.

Me, I don't think pleasure is particularly sinful, and so, I took this photo for you.



Now tell me, was it too much? Or just right?


This post is a part of the 30 Days of Photographs II challenge. Please visit the rest of the participants for more fantastic photos: MikeWJ, Nicky and Mike, Mo, Meleah, John, aka nonamedufus, Bryan, aka Unfinished Person, Mariann, Malisa, Nora, LaughingMom, Tanya, Elizabeth A., 00dozo, Cheryl, Kristen and Katherine. *
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52 comments:

  1. Your writing is spot on and your message comes across beautifully. I'm not taking the bait you laid out so cleverly with the photo.

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  2. Just right. Oh, so just right. Actually, very right. Very, very right.

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  3. Oh, and you definitely win this one.

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  4. holy amazeballs! That is flippen awesome! WOW. WOW. WOW.

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  5. Dayum! That is perfect!! Of course you were probably thinking of Oprah when you took the shot, right?

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  6. This is perfect.  Quit now.  It will never be better than this.  Yeah, you win.  And you win big!  Damn, Ziva!  You amazed and delighted with this one.

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  7.  This photo came as a surprise as the latest craze these days is to superimpose little beavers...

    The photo is absolute class, and the blurb surrounding it is spot on.

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  8. Yeah, I get that look a lot too. I sleep with my mouth open. What can I say? It gives me pleasure. What is it with you and rain?

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  9. Oh, come on. It's just a couple of lips. "Look everybody, I've got lips!" Big whoop-de-do. Everybody's got them.

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  10. Okay, okay, I admit it. Those lips are killing me. Hot damn. M's going to kick my ass.

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  11. M must fall to his knees every morning and thank God for the bountiful goodness that has befallen his household. Or maybe that's you falling to your knees, Ziva. The vision I'm getting here is a little murky.

    Uncle Earl, what are seeing from your vantage point in the afterlife?

    Uncle Earl?

    Dammit, Uncle Earl's passed out with your photo clutched in his sweaty palm. I guess I'm on my own here.....

    You win again, Ziva. I'm actually thinking about quitting, in fact. It's hopeless.

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  12. Bait? What bait? ;)

    Glad you liked the writing, Cheryl.

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  13. Shall I go get the awkward banana?

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  14. You think? Someone posted a photo of some pretty amazing shoes, you know... 

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  15. Judging by the photo, I'd say you already have it with you...

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  16. I'm starting to get a clue about the awkward banana.

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  17. Haha, holy amazeballs? You rock, Meleah, I love your comments!

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  18. Yes, I was! How did you know?

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  19. Thank you, Linda, I am so happy you liked it!! I really debated whether or not to post this, but I'm happy I did. :)

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  20. Please don't talk about my lips and superimposing little beavers in the same sentence....

    I'm glad you liked the photo, though. ;)

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  21. What is it with me and rain? What can I say? It gives me pleasure.

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  22. I would never start without you.

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  23. Wow... Thank you? I'm really glad you liked it. Now please stop making prints of the photo, I don't care if it's for "private use."

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  24. mikewjattoomanymorningsApril 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I'm joining the priesthood. That should fix it. I'll be a cloistered monk, and I don't even know what cloistered means.

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  25. Yep, you totally win. I give this 10 internets out of a possible 10.

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  26. 10 internets? Wow, thank you very much, that's a lot of internets.

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  27. At this point, I think nothing short of a lobotomy will help you, Mike. 

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  28. mikewjattoomanymorningsApril 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    If could be serious here for a moment -- not that I wasn't being serious earlier -- there are technical reasons why this photo is bowling everybody over. It's not just a sexy photo. It's perfectly exposed, pardon the pun, cropped just right, and expertly composed, follwing the rule of thirds or fifths that is so pleasing to the eye. And you've enhanced the color a bit to emphasize the red-hot quality of your lips. It shows some real photograpic skill, which I hope everybody appreciates. I certainly do.

    Also, I'm hoping that gets me out of Dutch with M for being so smarmily glibe. The dude could totally kick my ass. And shut off my Internet. I don't need that.

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  29. mikewjattoomanymorningsApril 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I didn't even know Internets was a unit of measurement. But I like it.

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  30. That is probably the most erotic picture I've ever seen. Amazing... I'm like seriously turned on - and I don't swing that way (not that there is anything wrong with that swing... just not mine.) 

    Awesome photo. 

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  31. My head is VERY FAR in the gutter. Seriously. 

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  32. Thank you so much, Kristen, I think this might be the best comment ever! And you know, I think it's okay to be turned on without swinging that way. I won't tell anyone. ;)

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  33.  Hehe... I know exactly what you mean.

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  34. Who's M? :) But do agree with Mike in the technical reasons why this photo is amazing.

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  35. Okay, that...that is just plain hot.

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  36. You clever woman, you! If that photo doesn't kick ass, I don't know what does. I'm not showing Lurch this photo because I'm kinda tired right now...if you know what I mean and I can tell by looking at this photo that you know what I mean. 

    Since your photo has obviously won this non-contest, does that mean we can all forget about posting a photo about forty-two tomorrow? Who had that brilliant idea anyway? Oh, wait, it might have been you who thought of that topic and who can argue with that mouth?

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  37. Thank you, Michael, I'm really glad you think there's more to the photo than just a pair of lips. ;) It's actually surprisingly hard take a photo of your own lips. I had to sit by the window to get the light just right, and couldn't set up the tripod there, so it was a hand-held process of trial and error. Turned out okay, though. ;)

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  38. M is the poor guy who's going to marry me in about three months...  And thank you, I'm very glad you found the technical execution of the photo to be satisfactory. ;)

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  39. Thank you so much, Katherine!

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  40. Why thank you very much, Frank. I'm very happy you enjoyed it.

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  41. Haha, oh yeah, I definitely know what you mean. ;)

    Honestly, I'm kind of dreading forty-two myself, and feeling a little like we really should have put pleasure last on the list... We're all so screwed, this list just won't end!

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  42. Perfect shot!  I don't think pleasure is sinful either.  More people should embrace it.  They'd be less uptight.

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  43. Yes, they definitely should! I'm glad you're not one of the uptight ones. ;)

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  44. Definitely NOT one of the uptight ones!

    -----Original message-----

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  45. You know, I think I need a lie down? I'm just saying.

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  46. You better lie down, then. ;)

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