Monday, June 20, 2011

Gilles Berquet - Eroticism under the microscope.

How do you feel when you see works this the one above?  What does it inspire?
Georges Bataille said: 'Eroticism is assenting to life even in death.' In his mind this was a celebration of life. It was a way of understanding the life force. Please understand - I do not mean the survival force. The above picture is not about reproduction. It is about the joy of being alive, and it is about life's drive toward its own fulfilled life. 

These are some of the works of Gilles Berquet, a French photographer still alive and working today. He particularly likes to do erotic photographs.
Again, to quote Bataille:  
Life has always taken place in a tumult without apparent cohesion, but it only finds its grandeur and its reality in ecstasy and in ecstatic love.  Is this accurate? Does life come together and start to make sense in the erotic?

'The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil.' Bataille.

"A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing."
"Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison."

If Bataille is correct, and pleasure only starts with the shadow ugliness of that pleasure, then morality is a fluid thing that needs to be examined freshly as each new challenge to morality rises. Erotic beauty may be erotic, but it is still beautiful.

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