'The Little Death,' a photo series developed by Lauren Crow, was borne out of an anger towards the porn industry. As the Portland-based photographer explains, "[porn] often gives people the wrong idea of what it really is to see a woman in a state of pleasure."
Wanting to correct many a misconception derived from the industry, Crow set off to photograph real women as they masturbated. To take a topic as hush-hush and under-the-covers as female masturbation, and bring it to light, was a very bold move for Crow, but one that many people appreciated, as the photographs took off in a huge way on Tumblr.
According to Crow, the series is a way to encourage women to get lost in the act of masturbation, and fully surrender themselves to feelings of pleasure that they so often deny.