Dustin Bennett is a Bay Area photographer whose aim is to create photos that will make the viewer do a double take. He approaches erotic photography with as much levity as he does seriousness, seeing the body as both sacred and universal. Bennett grew up religious in Oklahoma City but shed his religion upon moving out at the age of 16. He continues to use spirituality to fuel his art direction, channeling it into a message-based approach to erotica. He takes inspiration from Aleister Crowley, who claims that "the sexual act is a sacrament of will. To profane it is the great offense. All true expression of it is lawful all suppression or distortion is contrary to the law of liberty." Bennett incorporates masks into his photos in order to make his subjects more relatable, saying that "it makes both the photo and the experience more intimate."