Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Cafe Glow: High Art or Porn?

How do you draw the line between photography or film rendered for art or for sexual purposes?


Vimeo.com is one of those video-sharing websites that I surf every now and then to give my inquisitive mind some creative stimuli to digest and absorb on. "Vimeo does not allow commercial videos, gaming videos, pornography, or anything not created by the user to be hosted on the site." [Wikipedia]  Even without that clarification, simply going through the site will reveal it is not the kind for hosting the aforementioned types of videos. I think it's more a haven for professionals and some incredibly new creative film directors/talents.

I have 'heart' (liked) countless films in all sorts of categories, mainly those relating to nature, sports, experimental stuff and animation. During one of my browsing sessions while looking for smoking-related videos, I came across some black and white videos by a Director called Cafe Glow. One of CG's smoke videos was so tastefully done with just the right choice of music that I was inclined to check out more of this Director's work. Only then did I discover some highly sensual videos -- some with outright nudity that are enough to stir viewer controversy.

One video entitled The Trailer, is a provocative mix of both stylishly sensual and boldly erotic filming which amateur enthusiasts like me might find a bit tricky to classify as either Art or Vulgarity.

Have a look (I have resized the embed code which was originally 940 pixels wide):


This is the final trailer for CafeGlow.com - A sort of end to the beginning. This piece is 4:45 of moments I've captured over the past 6 months with some of my favorite women. Many thanks to each of them for never questioning and for giving me everything they had.[Director's caption]


I visited the website from the link provided on the Director's page and came across a rather interesting website. Much can be said, but I'd rather you assess it yourselves. Go to Cafe Glow website.

1 comments:

wasswasswass said...

plenty of nudity exists in paintings, has for centuries. The porn aspect, I would say, exists in the relationship of the viewer to the material. Nothing is pornographic for everyone.