Daily Inspiration #400 by Sean Peeler

This group of photos was shot with my Fuji x100, ISO 800, raw editing done in Aperture, and black and white conversion performed in Silver Efex Pro. Thank you Steve, visiting your website has been a daily ritual of mine for over a year now, your opinions and real world tests has been refreshing and tremendously influential. I am early in my photography and could not appreciate this opportunity any more.


These photographs portray the apprehension and sexual tension that exists between two platonic individuals whose relationship stumbles along the line of intimacy and ultimately, vulnerability. A conflict between multiple states of mind exist. Experiences and scars from one’s past struggle to outweigh the ethereal nature of new love. These photographs reveal a level of human intimacy that I hope the viewer finds genuine.

I am incredibly grateful to have met such a wonderful person, model, and photographer who continues to challenge and inspire my artistic contribution.












  1. Saw these on my phone the other day. Had to pop back and view them on a bigger screen. This is a really interesting panel of images that I could look at time and time again. Thanks for sharing

  2. Sean
    It is great seeing real personal work with a part of the key to decipher it. I don’t think we can fully understand the emotions you express but the sense of mystery seeps through your images. Thanks for sharing them. Nos 3, 7 & 8 for me.

  3. These are great photos and your thoughts are beautiful and persuasive. I love it when Steve posts threads reflecting what many people would consider a bit transgressive. In my mind it is just life. Sex drives everything: reproduction, power, even war. I am thankful for the artists and photographers who investigate this subject.

    • Thank you David for the thoughtful response and compliment. Photography can be easily contrived, I have a problem with this myself. I’m not implying there is anything above average about this group of photographs, but I am aware that this work for me had a significant meaning that transcended my typical, but limited, work with people/models that can easily appear orchestrated and sometimes pretentious. I am grateful that a real moment in my personal life was documented, and I hope and believe it shows through this work a genuine portrayal of vulnerability, apprehension, lust.

  4. The picture of the woman who touches the back of her neck and photographed through what appears to be a dark veil, reminds me of a hauntingly beautiful pencil drawing I once saw in a Swiss museum by the Belgium artist Félicien Rops. This is a lovely photograph. I am sure it would make a stunning print.

  5. Reminds me of Marilyn Monroe and one of her famous quotes: “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
    ― Marilyn Monroe

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