Sophie Delancey

Stepping out from behind the scenes of porn.

Beautiful, Authentic, Entertaining… Porn.

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I was in Montreal last week, and I had one of my lovely visits to Camille and Mike of The Art of Blowjob and Slow Motion Blowjob. I do PR/marketing/just about anything they need for their sites, and part of that means reassessing the image for what we do every now and again. I kind of nerd out to that like you wouldn’t believe. Sometimes being way too up in my brain has its benefits.

Without going all publicity overdrive here, I have to say that what they do is pretty unique and special. It’s visually stunning and they’re also a loving couple having what I genuinely think is as close to real sex as you can have while still maintaining a high aesthetic value.

It’s interesting, though, to think about what that means and whether or not we could label what we do as “real porn” as opposed to (or in addition to) beautiful porn. I did a podcast interview with Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals not that long ago (okay, well, a while back now) and then she did a great little review on our sites, which played around with the idea of authenticity which I espoused on the show. She took to task (in the nicest way possible — all in the name of the sexuality/porn geekery I know so well) the notion that any porn with high aesthetic values, attention to detail and well-placed hair/nice red lips could in fact be “real”… But that sort of begs the question: what do we mean by real?

They’re a real couple having one of the kinds of sex they really love. It’s not the only type of sex they have and they create no illusions that it’s anything other than one aspect of their expansive sex lives. They don’t elevate it above anything else, just serve to show it in what they see as its best light. That’s pretty cool, and I think serves to indicate a certain grounding in reality.

In general, I like to think of this authenticity to have more to do with the presentation of the material than the material itself. They can recreate a moment, put together a fantasy or play out a scenario without pretending like it’s anything other than what it is — the best approximation they can put together of their lives set to porn. Transparency of the process, message and intent are the dominant factors in what makes even this feel real.

Porn is made to entertain in some way, whether it’s a camera set up on a tripod for an amateur display or something as opulent and high budget as humanly possible. Despite enjoying what they do, as soon as you put it out there, you’re releasing it to the audience. That doesn’t make it less real, but it does make you cognizant of the fact that there are eyes other than your own processing what you do and it opens the door to any degree of manipulation of your representation to suit (or not suit) that audience.

While Camille and Mike do play into that idea of subtly tweaking the sex they have to be able to keep making the porn they make, I’ve witnessed them in action and I have to say that they’re about as bare bones about it as they could be. They find a time when they’re turned on, they set up in an artful but minimalist way, enjoy themselves and then go to lunch or for a coffee. The process is as simple as that, and I think that it espouses a really great blend of beauty, authenticity and entertainment.

6 Comments

  1. I think you hit the most important point when you mention the audience. In this case, it seems like the difference between “reality” and “artifice” occurs between the act and the product, between what they’re doing and how/why we’re watching it. In other words, what’s going on in front of the camera is real; it’s the camera (and the implied editing/packaging/releasing) that makes it porn. This isn’t true for mainstream industry work– in many of those cases, the stuff in front of the camera is just as artificial as the mechanics behind it. Porn in, porn out. But with Mike and Camille, they put reality in, and get a hybrid of realipornality back out. In a sense, they’re almost making documentaries more than porn (a documentary being an artificially constructed statement about reality). It’s just porn because they happen to be having sex and we’re turned on by watching it. We make it porn. They keep it real.

  2. As I’m sure you can surmise, it means a lot to me that you’d comment here.

    I’m trying to connect the idea of audience interpretation/perception with how we label and classify porn for my big ol’ Feminist Porn Conference talk, which all kind of spins out of how we name beautiful porn and what that means. I ended up getting put under the auspices of porn for women, which isn’t how we identify what we do, but I actually think it gives me a good platform to talk about authenticity, art and how we do or do not think of these as more traditionally feminine modes of sexual representation.

    BREATHE SOPHIE! STOP BEING ALL PORN ACADEMIC FOR A MINUTE.

    I totally get what you mean about the hybrid of porn reality that comes out. You can’t put something out there that’s 100% authentic. It’s impossible, unless both people didn’t know they were being filmed… Consent issues!

    All we can do is be straight up with the audience that nothing is ever created and disseminated in a vacuum, but that it’s as close to their natural sexual states as it can be without sacrificing the artistry they want to achieve.

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  4. I don’t think that many of us would pay to see just a ‘regular couple’ having what most of us would call ‘having sex’. Boring…short…and nowhere near glamorous! Ha ha!

    I think that you are right. What is normal? What is real? What Camille and Mike do IS beautiful. They are beautiful people…loving people, and it shows in their craft. They know how to put together the whole package of love making. I’m so happy to be a part of their lives in my tiny little way. They are awesome people, and I’m so glad that they care to make this, sometimes very ugly world, a little more beautiful.

    Thank you also, Sophie for your deep thought and dedication you put into continuing to get their message out. The state of porn is not really very good these days, and your love and vision is bringing goodness back into the field.

  5. You’re right. If people want actual amateur porn, they’ll seek it out and pay for the diversity or the personality, not for the aesthetics. What Camille and Mike provide is quality without sacrificing who they are and what they want to represent. I think that’s about as real as porn can get.

    Thanks so much for commenting here, Scott. I just want to fill my days thinking and writing about porn. Maybe I’ll come up with something meaningful in the process.

  6. I’ve only recently started this ‘blog following’ bit quite recently (my first was Camille’s, over at TAoBJ), and just discovered your blog. In fact, it’s because Camille has spoken so highly of you that I sought you out. I look forward to following this blog as well. This topic immediately caught my attention, especially when I saw Cal’s comment; I find that I almost always share his views, and this is no exception. But I’m going to latch onto one thing you said, because that REALLY caught my attention.

    Both you and Cal only touch on the issue of catering to your audience. You said it extremely well, “…there are eyes other than your own processing what you do and it opens the door to any degree of manipulation of your representation to suit (or not suit) that audience.” I have no doubt that this is an issue for the artists, but it’s also one that bothers (some) consumers.

    Here’s the conundrum from my perspective: I love Camille’s and Mike’s work because it is aesthetically beautiful, sensual as hell, and a natural result of things (sex/blowjobs, sensuality, art, video, etc.) that they love. Although I know that what they do is in fact performance art, part of the appeal is that it doesn’t feel that way…and I cherish that illusion. But while I have my personal tastes and preferences, the last thing I want is to interfere with what they do. It’s much like a beautiful porn version of Star Trek’s “Prime Directive”; my place is to observe (and hopefully be aroused), but not to interfere. However, we fans do in fact interfere by virtue of our comments.

    Dear Camille (and Mike?) actually listens to her audience. In her intro to the latest video, she wrote, “It’s always wonderful to get feedback so we can continue to make sweet, sexy blowjob videos just like you want… We’re not going to do anything other that what feels right to us, but your words are like little breezes gently pushing us to explore and share different sides of ourselves.”

    “We’re not going to do anything other that what feels right to us”…I truly hope that they can stick with that philosophy, because it’s key to who they are and what I love about their art.

    Am I being selfish? You bet I am! But I’m also being utterly sincere.

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