"Sex is too important to leave in the hands of pornographers"- ricardo scipio 2016
The Sex Goddess Project
My Sex Goddess project is a celebration of women, trans persons and couples of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages, expressing their sexuality in an authentic and unapologetic way. The project isn't porn or erotica, it's something different.
I've learned that it's not that important or even interesting to photograph anyone's exterior—no matter how pretty or dazzling that surface might be. It's a person's energy—their inner light that makes for great photographs.
My name is ricardo scipio. I was born in Trinidad 52 years ago and grew up in Toronto. I have been in love with cameras since I was 14. I became a fashion photographer when I was 20; after ten years I became bored of clothes, make-up and hair, and made the switch to being a fine art nude photographer. For 23 years I did gallery shows and books of my Goddess nudes, in natural landscapes and in colour. I also became a film director and screenwriter in 1997; I have written seven scripts and directed three independent fictional feature films.
I want people to be moved and inspired on seeing the joy, freedom, intimacy, and lack of shame in this work. If photographs are like food, then when it comes to sexual photography, people have been generally exposed to pure junk food. Here in this project is a healthy, organic, home-made meal that I hope people will savour. I believe in giving people good nutrition.
Here are some of the words written about the project by my Models-
“…it was certainly the most empowering, validating and
sexiest experience of my life.…”
“…The biggest thing I got out of the shoot was the
confidence knowing the inner work I have done has made me a woman who doesn’t wait for what she desires but, instead, goes out seeking her experiences.”
“It’s not about the photographer, Ricardo
Scipio or my lover or any other person on the planet. It’s about my
relationship with myself.”
“When I make love to my man I feel the happiest, the
most beautiful, the most powerful, the most vulnerable and the most divine. Why wouldn’t i want the world to see that???”
“…being a Sex Goddess is about your spiritual energy, not about your body, age, size, or color. It’s about what your intentions are to another person and how you give and receive energy. So what if I’m a size 22? No problem. Or that my hair is wonky most of the time? Not an issue. It’s about something much bigger than external qualifiers. It’s about love, kindness, and being in the moment.”
“Are women ‘like me’ supposed to like sex, never mind be filmed doing it in all our raw beauty and imperfect perfection? According to the images we see in porn and even erotica, the answer is a resounding, NO!. Rarely do we see images of multi-hued, quirky, lumpy, stretch-marked, radiant women who refuse to be shamed and know that they deserve to be adored. This is something I want to see, that I want to be part of, dammit!”
To Follow and Support The Sex Goddess Project and earlier projects visit patreon.com/ricardoscipio
I am seeking Women, Trans Persons and Couples of All Colours and Sizes In Canada or Who Will Visit Canada, to photograph for The Sex Goddess Project Book Two. Interested candidates can email me directly Here