Love & Sex

This Allusive Photo Series Explores Our Complicated Relationship with Pornography

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Does it liberate or objectify?

English photographer Jonny Sutton carefully explores the process of documenting sex through pornographic films in his series titled Pornography. But you won't stumble upon a basic representation of porn by clicking through the thought-proving series. Rather than a traditional model, Sutton used a classic Barbie doll, allowing him to create graphic images with complete control, and avoid the exploitation of real bodies. 

"The series was produced as an ongoing investigation into our relationship with sex, following my earlier work, Remains," he tells Nerve. "I wished to interrogate our growing relationship with pornography, and the doll became an outlet for this as the ever compliant model."

The style of photography used was intended to blur the distinctions between the real and unreal, crossing that boundary we have between reality and fantasy. Jonny's former series, Remains, touches our personal recollections of sexual experiences. Again, no human models are present, but rather the aftermath of a night of passion. The taboo topic of casual sex is showcased in the harsh, honest light of day. 

When asked what he hoped viewers take away from his series, Sutton states, "I hope that viewers of the series are able to take something away from the images, while some may see a humor to them there are obviously more serious underlying messages. My stance is distinctively neither pro nor against porn, I hope only to bring the issues it raises to a wider audience and spur discussion about its ability to both liberate and objectify."

Here's a look at Pornography by Jonny Sutton. 

Images via Jonny Sutton