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Art, not porn; have you come across the common debate over understanding this short phrase? I have, and as long as there are ignorant people out there I will continue to see and hear the same misguided assumptions about the subject. The gray area between these two words it's so blurred it makes it difficult to understand and separate their definition, history and philosophy. What we are attempting to do here is to, for at least a cosmological instant, clarify the confusing differences and similarities between the two; to help you get going you could click on these links to learn more about the subject: Art and Porn.
There can be art in an image that is intended to be pornography and vice-versa. Pornography's intention is to cause arousal or sexual excitement; it invokes your emotions and appeals to your senses which makes it art by definition. On the other hand, unless the art is sexual in nature, AND for the purpose of arousing the intended audience, it is NOT considered pornographic, it is simply art and that is what we are about here at Art, Not Porn.
We want to show you that art, even nude and sexy art can be artistic without becoming pornographic and without violating DA's set policies*. Our intention is to show you the beauty and complexities of the human body. It is not to cause arousal, but to invoke other emotions such as happiness, sadness and understanding of the different range of physical variety on the human form.
Obviously there is more to these two terms and there are more connections to their definitions than one individual or one website can provide. Don't take the name of this group too literally and don't forget what the main goal is to share you work and learn from others. Ultimately you decide how to interpret porn, art and anything else you encounter. If you are interested, take a look at some of the works in the Director's Picks collection to get an idea of what we mean by Art, Not Porn.