Juha Arvid Helminen

(photo series by Juha Arvid Helminen)

via Don Bitters, but only because he checked Coilhouse before I did, today. It\'s not just a series of really amazing photographs that i\'m linking to here, but also the fascinating discussion that follows about how various folks were affected by the images.

A lot of the people felt a strong sexual reaction (one person went so far as to suggest that there might be \"nearly universally appealing and sexual for females\"). I\'m always fascinated by things that other people find sexy that I do not--I can certainly appreciate why folks might get turned on by these images (and I\'m not squicked out in the way that I am by, say, arachnophilia) but they don\'t do it for me.

I wonder how many of my raised-female friends find them erotic, compared to my raised-male friends.

I like her other work as well, but none of the stuff on that page is as successful as the black-on-black images, in my opinion).