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Petals Hardcover – August 15, 2003
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Karras has mastered the art of capturing the beauty of women's essence...exploring the primal source of sexual magic. -- Linda E. Savage, Ph.D. author of Reclaming Goddess Sexuality
Petals is a joyful journey through a vulva garden of delights -- Betty Dodson Ph.D. author of Orgasms For Two
These are very delicate images. Karras has approached the subject with very near a botanist's eye. -- A.D. Coleman, international recognized art critic
About the Author
Nick Karras is a professional photographyin San Diego, California. His erotic work has been featured at galleries internationally.
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One response simply takes these organic forms as visual abstractions. Viewed that way, simplicity of the basic structure and complexity of the variations create a rich balance that human artists rarely achieve. Another viewer might see these anatomical photos, isolating just of her body's features, as depersonalizing. Paradoxically, one could also see these as deeply personal. Outside of doctors, most people encounter a vulva (other than one's own) only in deeply intimate settings. It seems quite proper that a woman might reserve the most distinctive parts of her physical self for those who already appreciate her uniqueness most. A book like this helps the viewer realize just how wide the range of possible appearances can be, and so emphasizes the individuality of each one.
This book goes well beyond Femalia in some ways. Both books document a range of individual looks, and help to educate men and women in how many different kinds of appearance are all "normal." Karras does more, though. It's slip-case, warm and airy appearance, and rich look and feel all convey respect and importance. That sense of respect, possibly bordering on worship, suits these photos perfectly, and the models' anonymity extends that respect to women everywhere.
A great appreciation goes out to his work & his subjects.