The Little Death ( La Petite Mort )
2011 - Edition (20)
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Like some undesired thing had happened to the object, so affected that "a part of it died inside". The Little Death comes with orgasm or to a short period of melancholy" (Autumn).
This work takes its name from the French word for orgasm La petite mort, French for "the little death," is an idiom and euphemism for orgasm. This term has generally been interpreted to describe the post-orgasmic state of unconsciousness that some people have after having some sexual experiences. More widely, it can refer to the spiritual release that comes with orgasm or to a short period of melancholy or transcendence as a result of the expenditure of the "life force," the feeling which is caused by the release of oxytocin in the brain after the occurrence of orgasm."
Photograph shot in Walton on Thames, Surrey.
Image and text are © Colin Pearce Photographer