Nudity in Photo Challenges? Pro or Con?

Started Jun 30, 2013 | Photos
Rmark
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Re: Pro.

I figured it was staged

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steelhead3 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,269
Re: Nudity in Photo Challenges? Pro or Con?
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Nothing wrong with photo...I do have a problem with catering to the non-Western POV (even the state of Georgia,LOL); if we were respectful of traditional cultures, all of our women would be wearing Burkas or having their ankles and arms covered.  Maybe the western POV is not ready for pics of pacific islanders or Africa tribes a la National Geographic circa 1936.

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Knallberto Veteran Member • Posts: 5,478
silly girls ...
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silly photograph ...

DenWil Veteran Member • Posts: 3,102
This is not nudity.

Try again.

Red5TX
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Re: This is not nudity.
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I don't get it, or even really like it.  But I'm not offended by it.

fotolopithecus Senior Member • Posts: 1,699
Re: Nudity in Photo Challenges? Pro or Con?

mrsawyer wrote:

I participate in Panachallenge.com photo challenges. The current one has an entry that has stirred some behind the scene comments. The comments on the site have been positive, but I would like some other opinions as to 1) whether it is an appropriate photo for the challenge? and 2) whether nudity should be allowed?

Your comments either way are appreciated. I would post the photo here, but am not sure if it would get me in trouble. So here is a link the photo.

The Photo in Question

(Note: the link will probably only work thru Monday evening Eastern time in the US.)

Nudes have always been a common subject in art, whether it be painting, or any other art form. Is photography an art form? If you say the answer is yes, then why would anyone think it shouldn't be allowed. In any event, whether some like it, or not, it's never going away I assure you.

Now, if one wants to question the relative ethics of putting a young boy in a shot like this, I think you have a point worth debate.

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amalric
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An instance of Repression...
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mrsawyer wrote:

I participate in Panachallenge.com photo challenges. The current one has an entry that has stirred some behind the scene comments. The comments on the site have been positive, but I would like some other opinions as to 1) whether it is an appropriate photo for the challenge? and 2) whether nudity should be allowed?

Your comments either way are appreciated. I would post the photo here, but am not sure if it would get me in trouble. So here is a link the photo.

The Photo in Question

(Note: the link will probably only work thru Monday evening Eastern time in the US.)

That picture would rather be - the link still works.

There are no sexual organs, primary or secondary visible. One also fails to see what a child doesn't know of the female body.

Everything is seen  from the back, perhaps the true instance of repression. And additionally the adult body is painted.

In fact when you say Nudity you probably mean Visible Sexual Appeal: there is none.

In the history there are various photographs of a kiss, that are erotic, without being in the nude. Many are French, perhaps a different culture.

A Nude is not necessarily Erotic: ask our masters who they are against to

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mrsawyer
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Re: Nudity in Photo Challenges? Pro or Con?

I thank all of you who responded to my question. I found the range of answers interesting. I did find that most (if not all) respondents did not have a problem with a nude subject being submitted. (A view that I expected!) What I was surprised by, is the number of people who dislike the photo on aesthetic grounds. This last point is in sharp contrast to the praise the photo garnered on the panachallenge.com website. By the way, I don't think the photo was staged, though I could be wrong on that.

Thanks again, all!

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olyflyer
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I don't mind nudity at all,
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...assuming it is tasteful and not bordering pornography and as long as no children are involved. The image in question seems to have a child in it, so for me that would be a no go, even if we can only see the back of that child. I also don't get the message the photo should give and for me it looks just like a snapshot, don't see the art in it, but that's just my taste. Sorry.

olyflyer
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Why be so rude?
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Daisy AU wrote:

In my opinion, that photo stinks. It doesn't have any artistic value and I don't like it at all. However, unless the challenge specifically prohibits nudes, then I guess there is nothing wrong with posting a nude (within certain limits).

If you don't like the image that's fine, but why use such strong words? I also dislike the image for two reasons:

  1. A child is involved
  2. The image says nothing to me, looks like a snapshot of body painters, that's all.

...but I would not say it stinks and I don't get offended or upset by seeing it because I don't really see anything offending here.

tko Forum Pro • Posts: 12,119
reminds me of a story

People are so weird. You could show that photo on the cover of Time magazine. Reminds me of an issue I had. I took a photo of downtown Hong Kong (Central) showing a large Victoria Secret billboard peering down at the crowd. A billboard that one million Chinese couldn't avoid everyday. Tried to show it in a porfolio at my (U.S.) workplace. Was told it was too sexy.

????? Not to sexy for the entire world, but to sexy for the HR department.

Your photo doesn't have any nudity. It has suggested nudity. It tells a story. It's funny.

Cailean Gallimore Veteran Member • Posts: 6,083
Re: Nudity in Photo Challenges? Pro or Con?

The idea of a photographer working in the nude is a bit shocking.

A naked model would be different.

Philnw2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,524
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I think its very original and artistic.  The best photos IMO are the ones that have a story to tell.  Henri Cartier-Bresson was very good at it.  Its an ambiguous picture and the viewer is free to interpret it via their own imagination and experiences.

Kudos to the photographer/artist who conceived it.  Another photographer who's into complex story telling is Gregory Greenleaf, a NY artist whose pictures sell in the 6 figures.  There are so many religions and cultures out there that it seems impossible to not offend someone.

For me, I'm don't like to see a lot of violence so i self-censor by not attending movies with a lot of gratuitous violence.  I suggest the OP do something similar - if an image offends one, don't spend a lot of time looking at those kinds of pictures - simple.

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Daisy AU wrote:

In my opinion, that photo stinks. It doesn't have any artistic value and I don't like it at all. However, unless the challenge specifically prohibits nudes, then I guess there is nothing wrong with posting a nude (within certain limits).

I don't object to the nudity, but it's rather 'artsy' for my taste, the kind of photo where I look and say 'well, okay' but it does not make any sort of connection with me. Others' mileage may vary.

Maybe the main value that photo holds for me is 'Hey, that's a nice shade of blue. Maybe I'll paint my front door that color.'

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