I strongly disagree. The photo in question was purely social commentary. I have observed and I'm appalled by the addictive behavior of cellphone users. They go about life staring down at their phone rather than engaging with the wondrous real world we live in. You know the one, the world that us artists are inspired by and strive to portray and interpret.
One night, for the seemingly millionth time, an attractive, young couple sitting next to me in a restaurant spent virtually their entire dinner looking down at their laps where they joyfully texted and surfed on their phones.
The next day I decided to do a social commentary parody during a scheduled art-nude shoot. I gave the model a vibrator and asked her to use it while holding her cellphone. The idea being that now one cannot even achieve orgasm or masturbate without texting or checking for social media updates. I was pleased with the image.
The intent was anything but porn. Yet it was declared as such.
Much of art is about intent. The intent of the creator. In art-nude photography, the intent is beauty. The human body is every bit as beautiful as a sunset, a tree, a mountain range and so on.
Erotica, can mean many things to many people, but the intent is to create an image that is sexual or sensual in nature--an image that will bring some degree of stimulation to the viewer. Erotica is an ancient art form. The creators of erotica are concerned about elements such as mood, expression and feeling. This can take many forms. For example if I shoot a woman's foot, I do it to stimulate a viewer who has a foot-fetish. I don't just take a picture of a foot. Numerous elements, composition and lighting for example, are taken into consideration for the final image.
The intent of pornography is generally commercial. It is intended to be so erotic, so extremely sexual that people will pay to see it. And even if this isn't the case, what separates pornography from erotism is its narrow focus of explicitness. It doesn't give much weight to any aesthetic or individual considerations--it is simply about depicting sexual behavior.
So I am now both pornographer and a victim of censorship. Rather than challenging this decision, I am simply going to affix a scarlet "P" to my chest. I think that should please the religious zealot who was so offended by my photo.