So, what exactly is it that has caused so many of us frown upon hearing that the other person shoots or models nude photography and automatically assume they’re either one of these:
1. Sleazy, sad guy who can’t get a girl so he pays to shoot them naked. Or he’s retired, sleeps in a separate bedroom from his wife, and this is how he gets his fun.
2. Sex obsessed and narcissistic young woman who gets paid for prancing around nude in front of the camera.
So, my question to you (and me) is, what is it that has made the whole industry so dirty? When someone tells me nude photography is not art, it’s porn (it can be, but that’s not what I mean int his case), or that it’s vulgar, dirty, wrong… the first thing few things that come into my mind are:
- Are you so scared of your own sexuality that you make yourself feel better by imposing your strict views on others? You know, you’re the good one, and we’re the sinners.
- We know that actually you have sex in some shape or form. Let’s not argue about that.
- And you probably watch porn, whether it is stills, videos or magazines. Don’t deny!
- And, what is offending about one’s nude body? You know, the one we had as we came into this world.
But anyhow, how did we end up in a situation where this industry is not held as highly as other ones where nude body is used to express one’s thoughts, emotions and ideas?
What about sculpting? What about life drawing? What about painting? What about theatre? What about highly grossing and internationally praised movies? What about nude dancing?
There’s no doubt about it, making a good nude image is hard. Many would be quickly trashed, while we try to find the real gems. And it’s those that really pull this whole nude photography thing together and they have a reason, a story, a beginning and an ending. They immerse you for whatever reason.
So, knowing all that, why do we still treat most nude photographers and models as money grabbers with no morals, is it because we’re just that little bit scared to admit that we humans are sexual creatures? Are we scared to admit that we might enjoy nude images (whether with a strong sexual connotation or without it), because we don’t want others to think we are dirty, perverted and … human?
Or, are we rather concerned about the actual photographers and models?
Have we seen far to many adult movies, and thinking of a photographer shooting a nude model we immediately jump to conclusions that they both will definitely end up together? I mean, she is naked after all, that’s how it happens, right? The same way all the housewives end up sleeping with the plumbers, pizza delivery guys, gardeners and electricians? (Do they ever even finish the job?)
To me other things are offensive:
- Assuming a photographer shooting nude is a pervert. It doesn’t matter that they have got a loving family and a good job, and have no intention of doing anything but bettering their photography.
- Assuming that a model is basically a vamp who will do everything and anything at a shoot. Not that she has boundaries, self respect and dignity, it doesn’t matter, right?
- Thinking nudity is NOT art. Adult material can be art, nude can be art, sensuality can be art. It all depends on what we do with it and how we finish it.
- Being condescending. You’re not fooling anyone, we all know that you have looked at nude images at some point in your private time and enjoyed it.
Our media is saturated with “sex sells” type of images, and yes they do work, but we take them as something completely normal and natural. So, if that’s the case then why do we immediately frown upon Average Joe doing nude photography?
If we like Kate Moss (even with all the drugs, parties and drinks aside) and her modelling work, why don’t we support the average girl working as a model, if she’s not with a large agency, and her bare body isn’t plastered all over billboards, magazines and TV ads?
So, why is nude photography still such a taboo?