I had a lot of fun on this last shoot with JC. He is not only an amazing model but he is also a good friend. I have donated a series of photo shoots to him as he was the recent victim of censorship in the form of IG shutting down his account. He was given no warning or reason and has no way to get those images back. I have many problems with censorship; mainly with anybody saying what art is and is not. The Federal Government has always upheld that the freedom of speech, and the free expression of ideas is paramount, and not to be infringed upon. As a photographer I know some of the art I create will offend people, and thats ok. Your life will go on just stop looking at it. But when we start telling people you must take something down, or its not allowed, or even worse to say something is not art is a slippery slope that leads us to becoming a mirror image of North Korea. Art is not the same for everyone and thank god for that. Imagine if we all liked the same thing. I would be out of a job and we would all be taking antidepressants due to the lack of stimulation in our environment. For a moment ask yourself what is the job of an artist? Do you think it is to create pretty stuff to look at? If you do your wrong. Our job as artists, no matter the medium, is to challenge societal norms, stir emotion, get people talking about what they believe and why they believe it. It is to unite us as a people through the stimulation of the psyche in a way that nothing else can. Art in all its forms touches the soul and leaves us better after we encounter it regardless of how we feel about it. Maybe you hate a piece but it got you excited, it stirred emotions and possibly it solidified your beliefs. Is that not a good thing? Why censor when we can discuss? What are your thoughts? Please feel free to let me know what you think. Enjoy my posts and my photography it can be found on my instgram @jodenphotography or my website www.jodenphoto.com. Have a great day!