Container Love regularly has changing themes, our Love Of The Month. This month is all about Narcissism (Look at me!) – the art of self-love, self-presentation, self-promotion, self-appreciation and self-applause.
Where is the line between art and narcissism in an era where everyone can (and does) constantly present themselves on social media? And how does this phenomenon affect your work?
I don’t feel entitled to draw the line between art and narcissism. You do you and I do me.
Of course when I was publishing my self-portrait shoot in Pornceptual, for a second I had all those doubts – people will think I’m foolishly in love with myself, narcissist, blah blah. But this is the unhealthy mindset. I approach every and each of my models with kindness, love and pure interest. Why shouldn’t I treat myself the same way?
I don’t like to pose people, I like to talk to them a lot before taking pictures and during the breaks, but then I just document what they want to give me. I really enjoy seeing them open up in front of me, letting go and just being. I’ve decided that sometimes I need the same time with myself.
Speaking of self-appreciation: We all had a difficult year. What would you like to applaud yourself for right now?
Right now, looking back at the past few years, I feel quite proud that I did not give up, that I was making decisions that were not always the most beneficial, but for sure true to who I am and who I want to be. Being authentic in what I do and how I act is very important to me.
Container Love’s mission is to highlight the beauty in diversity, to change views on love and to encourage and inspire more body positivity. Do your pictures have a message that fits into the Container Love universe
Even though the amount of artists creating on the field of erotica, porn and nudity is growing, I see that the society still have an issue with that. With my pictures and videos I want to show the beauty of people, of human body, intimacy and sensuality. It is beautiful. Why capturing it – on my side – and showing it – on the models side – should be something shameful? Why when people see a naked picture of someone, with great lightning, great shadows, great mood and atmosphere, they still will say „Oh, he doesn’t respect himself”? It doesn’t make sense to me. Nowadays nobody will look at nude paintings of XX century, thinking it’s disgraceful for the model. I think, as a society, we need a perception change. There’s too much judging and not enough appreciating.