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- Amazon Sales Rank: #158372 in Books
- Published on: 2006-05-01
- Original language: English, French, German
- Binding: Hardcover
- 128 pages
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
A Vision of Erotic Contortionists, Dancers, Acrobats!
By J. C. Gilbert
This is an amazing book from an Australian photographer who has been specializing in this most unique form of photography for many years. This work is breathtakingly erotic and might even be described as blatantly sexual, but it is also unquestionably a beautiful testament to the glory of the human body. De Lombardo's subjects are the real deal - they are actual contortionists, dancers, acrobats, and the like. And they are unbelievably flexible and supple and ultimately beautiful. His perspective is an unabashedly direct look into the most intimate places of the human landscape. As mentioned in the book cover, "Performing difficult exercises in a naturally nude state offers unexpected erotic perspectives on the beauty of the female sex, which reveals itself here like a ripe and pouting fruit."
There are both color and black & white plates featured here, 121 photographs in all. This is unique and wonderful publication that will thrill collectors of nude art and lovers of the female form.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Not all good
This book was a disappointment. It seems you can now throw together a bunch of pictures without consideration for effect or continuity. Some of the images are well posed and thought out and I will be the first to admit the erotic is in the eye of the beholder but this will not satisfy those who are attracted to the female of the species.
You would think looking at this that the editors were fans of she males or that there was a shortage of classic females who could hold these rather extreme poses. Instead it is more focused on the ballet dancer or circus freak type, plus there are some older ladies bent (pardon the pun) on showing us they have not lost it. I am sorry if this seems harsh but the lady on the cover is the best model in the book and fortunately features in 20% of the pictures. This is not a coffee table book for the relatives to have a browse through or the younger generation definitely some confronting images and I am not a Wowser. Having said that it will not satisfy bondage freaks either.
To top it all off the book is short on pictures (pages) although the format is generous compared to the rather stingy almancs of nudity you get from the likes of Goliath and print quality (if not the subjects) is excellent.
This book should have been called "Women in uncomfortable poses". The title "Naked Gymnastics" implies something different than what you get here. I would rather have spent my money on something else.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Bendy Bold Beauties
By D. Goldie
This is a very fun book with many large full colour pics of beautiful and bendy athletes. The models range from dancers, yogis, and circus performers all posed in artistic contortions, usually designed to surprise or delight by taking the familiar and presenting it in an unfamiliar way.
I have two problems with the book though.
First, it's not very sexual. Most of the models are shot by themselves in poses that highlight their form more than their feeling, which is nice; but you get that in any art-book with gymnasts. I thought that the "Naked" gymnastics book would be more titillating, involving more partner poses and more provocative poses.
My biggest complaint, however, is that of the 121 photographs, only 4 feature a man; and he's just doing partner poses with a female covering most of his form. Men have beautiful, naked bodies that deserve to be displayed too! It kinda sucks to have half of humanity not represented because of our super-masculine over glorification of the female body; and I'm saying this as a man.