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This Photographer Turns Penis Pics Into Hilarious Art [NSFW]
When most people think of penis pics, the grainy, sadly lit shots that flood Tinder, Snapchat, and text threads come to mind. You know the kind — sweaty, out-of-focus, and complete with dirty laundry piled in the background. Today, according to a Match.com survey, about half of all women have been on the receiving end of these less-than-seat-wetting shots. Which is why comedic photographer Soraya Doolbaz decided to take matters into her own hands and give the modern penis pic a makeover.
It all started with the first penis pic she received, Doolbaz tells me ("Doolbaz" is a pseudonym which means "plays with penises" in Farsi). "It got me thinking about staged dick pics," she says. She wondered what a penis pic might look like if a woman — not a thirsty dude — were behind the lens.
The 35-year-old Iranian-Canadian has now spent the last two years taking penis pics for her "Dicture Gallery" project, an adorable and irreverent collection of penis portraiture. With her subjects adorned in everything from tiny pink bowties to sleek sunglasses, her photography more closely resembles a fashion shoot than the raunchy shots in your inbox. Doolbaz says she hopes to turn it into something men and women can laugh at, and hey, maybe actually like.
To get the most out of the shoots, Doolbaz says she enlists confident men who can laugh at themselves, and being in a relationship is a must. "It's necessary for the model to have a partner to assist with the shoot," Doolbaz says. "To help with costume changes and, of course, erection maintenance."
While her first collection included penis parodies of characters like Where's Waldo? and Bradley Cooper, Doolbaz's latest work — which is currently part of a two-week residency at New York's 317 Gallery — fittingly features some of history's most notorious penis-tators like Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein. For good measure, Doolbaz also threw penis-versions of Kanye West and Nicki Minaj into the mix.
Doolbaz thinks that, for the most part, penises have been missing from the art world and contemporary pop culture. "With all due respect to religion, this all started when people covered (the statue of) David's penis with a fig leaf," Doolbaz says. "The lack of exposure to nudity makes people uncomfortable."
Indeed, the long-held tradition of men deciding what nude bodies are on TV, in magazines, and hanging in museums has rendered mainstream art virtually penisless. In 1989, the Guerrila Girls pointed out that while only 5 percent of the artists at the Metropolitan Museum of Art were women, about 85 percent of all the nudes were female. We're all familiar with spreads of big boobs and rounds asses, but we're less familiar with how straight women want to see the male body. And that's a big problem, according to Doolbaz.
"'I've heard women say, 'I've never gotten a dick pic, I'm not that kind of girl,'" Doolbaz tells me. "I don't think you have to be a certain type of woman to get a dick pic. If timed correctly and requested, dick pics are quite lovely ... The best kind of sex has dash of humor in it."
It's not all fun and balls. Doolbaz's new exhibit will raise awareness and funding for the Testicular Cancer Foundation, an illness that largely affects the 15- to 35-year-old penis-pic-taking demographic. Doolbaz also plans to launch a photography app for dick pics that allows users to accessorize, filter, and dress up their crotch shots.
So after years of study, what does Doolbaz think makes a good penis pic? She has some rules: It's all about firmness, lighting, angle, background, and timing.
"And if you haven't been intimate with your partner, it's probably a bad idea to send a dick pic," Doolbaz advises.
Video: Meet the penis fashion photographer | Extraordinary People | New York Post
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