Honestly, I couldn’t give less of a fuck about the rest of the images in this series or the other visual output by Damien “Elroy” Vignaux; there is definitely something special about this one image, though.

I’ve seen lots of other shots like this but never in such dying light with attitudes of come hither sexy and coy, aloofness (or it could be resignation– today has not be the best w/r/t my ability to match words appropriately with contexts).

It also illustrates another point close to my heart–in the age of mass proliferation of visual culture, cyber bullying and revenge porn, there are certainly people who want to and should be able to post nude selfies and maintain some sense (which is probably nothing but a delusion) of anonymity. To that end, people shoot themselves from the neck down, producing garishly decapitated images. But seriously there are any number of ways to exclude your face from the visual field of the frame while keeping your body intact. This is one of the most creative examples I’ve ever encountered.

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The sixty nine or if you are French—and when aren’t they beyond on point when it comes to inventing honey-tongued terms for sex acts?—soixante-neuf.

Ahem, I am, uh…a bit of a fan.

I have never actually seen Pretty Woman but a lot of people I knew in high school liked to trot out that line Julia Roberts’ character gives about kissing being the most intimate thing two people can do to justify their own philosophy of abstinence. (Really, I went to an Xtian high school.)

Although I consider it unspeakably stupid to insist one activity is the most intimate to and for everyone, I think there is a fucking compelling argument to be made for having someone’s face between your legs with your genitals in their mouth while your head is between their legs with their genitals in your mouth.

If that weren’t enough the only scenery is some cycloptic asshole staring you down.

Plus with a little bit of pactice balancing both partners can use both hands in the proceedings.

And besides a spoon position can you think of any other arrangement offering such maximal skin-to-skin surface area?

No matter whether you agree or not, there is a decided lack of sexy images featuring soixante-neuf. I think that’s the main reason I dig this image: it admits this isn’t supposed to be photogenic; it’s supposed to be about how it feels.