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Mind Caviar, Vol. 2 Fall-Winter Issue, 2001

Art of Desire
A Gallery and Statement by
Mason McLowill

Art It is astonishing that we live in a society that shuns viewing of the human body and conversely seems to condone the viewing of its destruction. I have been making erotic photographs for over 20 years. Due to the pressures of modern society, I have largely kept the work to myself. Women are the most beautiful, sincere and complex of all creations.

Ultimately, the marriage of photography and the computer, prompted my recent artistic evolution. With many years spent in pursuit of erotic imagery I have a vast and varied erotic repository of thousands of images from which to work.

These are real compositions of real women. The work is not a diary of perfection, but a chronicle celebrating the joy and unique beauty found in every woman. My subjects aren’t 36-24-36, nor is my work. No one I have photographed is a professional model nor do I aspire to include professionals.
Art I am hopefully imparting my views about women and erotica in a soothing visual manner. Credit is shared equally between the subjects and myself. A work of art must say something, it must prompt a response. This can only be achieved if both the subject and the artist are partners in its creation. I have found myself in many situations where women posed for my work, but the photographs weren’t successful because the subject was doing just that—posing.

The women portrayed here had no facades or preconceived notions. They are your neighbors, your coworkers, your acquaintances. Most are between the ages of 30-50, at least one is over 60, and they are all sincere human beings who have something to say about their confidence, their sexuality and their personas. I am the conveyor of the message, the fortunate observer who was present to capture a woman during the precise moment she was most comfortable within her own skin.

Most of the work was originally shot in B&W. The women sit in the frame of the finished piece pretty much as they do on the original negative—just as I saw them. 

Art I prefer to keep things simple, using 35mm camera equipment, Tri-X black & white film, an Apple computer, a scanner, and PhotoShop. The color is meticulously added by hand using a mouse. This caressing of color onto the human form allows me to become even closer to the final piece. Archival prints (size 18”x12” or 16”x12” in 24”x20” 100% rag mats) are available as limited and numbered giclée.

I hope you enjoy!

~ Mason McLowill

You may visit Mason McLowill's Art of Desire to learn more about the artist and to view more of his work, or to contact or to send praise to the artist.

Statement and Artwork are Copyright © 2000-2001 Mason McLowill. All rights reserved. Do not copy or post.

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