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Paradi$e Lu$t

Liza Van der Stock | Belgium


'Porn' is often associated with lovelessness and debauchery or artificiality and kitsch. However, during the making of this photo documentary, I came into contact with people with a warm family and a tight relationship who get a lot of satisfaction from their work. Additionally, their films oppose the stereotypical image of unnatural super bodies by looking at the human side of porn: people are captured on tape as they are, without any post-processing.
However, this does not change the fact that it remains "work" for them. The image of porn shouldn’t be romanticized: the passion on the set will be fake almost every time. The dividing line between real and unreal, the tension between authenticity and the imaginary world of porn were the seedbeds for this series. (Finding) the balance between family life and the working environment is also investigated.
The past two years, Maurice and Laura have granted me unconditionally and unashamedly access to every aspect of their life. Every new visit reveals new and surprising elements, which supports my belief that this story definitely is not over yet.


 In a Flemish village, surrounded by nature, Laura and Maurice live together with their daughter Eva. In the garden, Eva plays with her dog or meets with her classmates. Friends and family come along and fill the house with activity.

But when Eva is at school, Maurice and Laura shoot what most people prefer to keep to themselves. The porn they make is not populated by Barbies or muscled superheroes. Ordinary women play with men who are also dad or neighbour. Cellulite on the set is as obvious as the ever-burning cigar of Maurice. A humanity that not only exists in the porn they make, but also emerges behind the scenes and in their family life. Humanity and authenticity as a guide for the unconditional love for their work and even more for their daughter.

In recent years, Laura has built strong bonds with a number of like-minded people: every one of them confident women who have consciously chosen this lifestyle and only depend on themselves with respect to their work. On a regular basis, they go to erotic fairs, rendez-vous evenings or an erotic night club: to make money or to have fun - or both.



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