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Petals is a slipcase book, showing about 90 women. Unlike Femalia
Joani Blank: Femalia (Paperback); 2011 Edition
all photographs are in sepia, and in the back of the book, he explains why he felt that was the best approach. There is a consistency to the photographs to allow one to appreciate the variation and beauty that each woman possesses in her vulva. This is an educational book that provides a great service, especially for women.
Not much variation in size shape, color, skin textures or hair types. The minora sizing is mostly the same. Similar shaving designs. Very limited. I had hoped to show my teens a wider range in physical presentation. This is not it.
This book and it's photography is incredible. The pictures are all in black and white which gives it a nice professional look. Karras captures the many types of beautiful women and their differences which makes all women look beautiful.
Nick Karras's lovely photos capture that most delicate and unique of a woman's features, her outer genitals. Over forty examples appear here, printed in a warm, almost romantic monochrome. Because of the intimate nature of these photos and because of each viewer's personal associations, responses to these photos are sure to be highly varied and individual.
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
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.
Because who doesn't need a book all about laby bits, as it helps to see we are all different and there is no such thing as an ugly or unattractive yoni. This book brings an appreciation to each and every woman, no matter the ethnicity.
This is pretty much a rehash of the video that advertises this book, including long descriptions of how and why it came about. The number of pictures are actually a very small portion of the overall book and it is two to a page. I would have expected a book that talks about artwork of this sort to display the works stand alone one to a page to help prevent a side by side comparison. But still it is impressive to behold
When I first started this book, I thought of someone ranting of how women were conveyed in a negative way. However, that has always been the case in history. As I read more, I understood the deeper meaning of what Nick was trying to project to the audience. A great appreciation goes out to his work & his subjects.
probably should be 5 stars but would have preferred more photos, it just felt like a rushed job to get something out. no "story" being told with the pictures just we'll what seem to be random pictures.