Innocent as in kink-free, that is. This image makes me smile - and feel a bit squirmy too. I happened on it the other day and, of course, read it as a spanking-related fantasy.
It does it in a way that lots of vanilla people will be totally unaware of, I think. It was taken by a photographer called Jeanloup Sieff (1933-2000) and I went looking for more info about him and his work.But on googling for Sieff I began to think that maybe I'd misunderstood the composition.
Did my spanko-sensibility twist it into something it wasn't. Chross certainly thinks so, saying: "I am rather certain it is not meant to have a kinky undertone; it's just 'normal' erotic photography, quite beautifully composed. Still, I can't help thinking of spanking whenever I look at it..."
If Sieff wasn't trying to conjure up something that would thrill us spankophiles I'd be surprised. Looking further I hit on Valdor at The Spank Statement, who says of Sieff: 'As he grew older, he increasingly concentrated on nudes. 1998 saw the publication of his book Derrieres – “an ode to the bottom – a photographic tribute to 93 behinds – in all their apple-cheeked glory.”'
Take a look at his work for yourself and make your own mind up - if nothing else, it's will boost your Monday mood. Personally, I'm convinced that Mr Sieff was one of ours; I like to imagine him in his studio and peering into his camera as he worked but with thoughts of post-shoot smacking on his mind...