Nora Geist: Fine Scenes

Experimental photography is my passion. People, places and things are all in the crosshairs of my camera!


Short Bio

Psychoanalyst by day, photographer by the way


Drive, Desire and the Phallus: I illustrate the dialectic of drive vs desire/power vs force through this medium. Force is fleeting and propulsive, whilst power is constant. Power is akin to drive and force relates more closely to desire. Desire swallows drive, but drive cannot be digested. The phallus is a symbol of power, embodied by a number of surrogates: an erect penis, a finger, a cigar, a tall building, a tree, a ferocious animal, a person of authority or anything that is a stand in for the Other encouraging/curbing/regulating the desire/enjoyment of the other. The Other might be God, the head of state/government, the media, the headmaster/headmistress or the internet, before which/whom the dialectic is played out. The phallus is the signifier of power while a penis is a signifier for the male gender; the former sometimes encapsulates the latter. The phallus is akin to drive while a penis is akin to desire. When they are brought together, the union is sublime, and what results is absolute but finite power and force. When they are separate, it becomes clear that anyone—women in particular—can have the phallus even though we do not have penises, or that a man can have a penis, but no phallus or power. I consistently depict the split between the two; the locus around which the phallus reaches its apogee in orgasm and when it finally looses its power to become (again) a mere object.

Erotic Photography and Portraiture: I endeavour to cast the models I photograph in uncanny Kafka-esque scenes, portraits or tableaux whose surroundings are surreal and morally ambiguous. The models direct their stare into the camera in a performative way, catching the viewer in their gaze and challenging them to keep watching. All photos were posed by professional models 18 years of age or older. Neither said photos nor the words used to describe them are meant to represent the models' actual conduct, statements, identities or personalities. Any similarity between the characters portrayed by the models and actual individuals living or dead is purely coincidental. 

Buildings and Landscapes: Alongside portraiture and erotic photography, I have tended to embrace architecture and nature to articulate the subject matter of object relations. I follow my intuition as to how a picture of a place or object will turn out. For a place or thing, it will be a space if I get a sense of welcoming, creativity and change. It will be an edge if I get a sense of restriction, resistance or limitation.


Nora Geist was born in Udine, Italy and moved to London, England when she was five. She  is the youngest child of a British legate who grew used to moving house frequently at an early age. She graduated from the H-Farm International school in Treviso, Italy where she defiantly came out as lesbian at the age of 16. She received her first camera as a gift at the age of 17, and she began taking snapshots of friends and family, who sat for creative portraits and tableaux. After earning her first degree in psychology from the University of Paris 8, Nora enrolled in the Associazione Italiana di Psicoanalisi qualify as a psychoanalyst. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis from the New School for Social Research in New York City where she subsequently practiced as a psychoanalyst for ten years before returning to Europe. Nora's early compositions explored aspects of identity politics, racial inequality, gender difference and religious dogma from the context  of an oppressive and stifling “erotisphere”. She  then expanded her interest to include more traditional portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, photographic collages and still lifes. She continues to practice psychoanalysis and is married with two grown children.  

Resume / CV

OK Harris Gallery 1997

The Alternative Museum 1999

Exit Art  2001

Piccadilly Gallery 2004

Seattle Erotic Art Show  2010 

ARTundressed 2017 

Rochester (New York, USA) Erotic Art Festival  2018

Erotic & Bizarre Art Film Festival  2018

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival  2019

The Lift-Off Sessions  2019


Planet 9 Film & Art Festival

Kino London Film Festival  2020

Triple SSS (Sensual, Sexual, Smut Erotic Art Exhibit)  2020 

Motion for Pictures  2020

New Dreams International Film Festival  2020

Gorst Underground!  2020

6ix Screams International Film Festival 2020 (Best Experimental)

AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2020

Couch Film Festival 2020

Roxie Roz Burlesque  2021


New York Nil Gallery 2021

Strandlines LGBTQ+ History MonthFebruary 2021 (

Filmoptico International Art Visual and Film Festival 2021

Gravedigger Dave's Anthology Festival 2021

Caligari. Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror 2021

Horror Lust Film Festival 2021

Hallucinea Film Festival 2021

Guttercast Film Festival 2021

Fear in the Fens Film Festival 2021

Serbest International Film Festival 2021

Indie Movies Spark Film Festival 2021

Pure Magic International Film Festival 2021

Horror Unleashed Film Festival 2021

Bleedingham Horror Film Festival 2021

Bad Film Fest 2021

Horror Unleashed Film Festival 2021

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