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Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg

Jul 02 12 05:41 pm Link

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Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4346

Asheville, North Carolina, US

yep

Jul 02 12 05:43 pm Link

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sgnr photo

Posts: 254

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Interesting analogy.

Jul 02 12 05:46 pm Link

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Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1697

Los Angeles, California, US

lol Nice

Jul 02 12 05:47 pm Link

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Celtic Imaging

Posts: 54

Portland, Maine, US

Lol!

Jul 02 12 05:49 pm Link

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Mischief Vixen

Posts: 5682

Toledo, Ohio, US

lol

Jul 02 12 05:53 pm Link

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Naughty Ties

Posts: 3169

Riverview, Florida, US

sgnr photo wrote:
Interesting analogy.

Yep, works for me!

Jul 02 12 05:54 pm Link

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Wye

Posts: 9973

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sounds about right.

The best way to ruin a photo of a hot girl is to put clothes on her, IMHO.

Jul 02 12 05:54 pm Link

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rp_photo

Posts: 42502

Houston, Texas, US

Jul 02 12 05:56 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Wye wrote:
Sounds about right.

The best way to ruin a photo of a hot girl is to put clothes on her, IMHO.

Well, I would go with beautiful woman, but pretty much.

Jul 02 12 05:56 pm Link

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Conceptually Black

Posts: 8320

Columbus, Ohio, US

Kind of a reverse analogy, since you're looking to photograph where the sun doesn't shine...

Jul 02 12 05:58 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Conceptually Black wrote:
Kind of a reverse analogy, since you're looking to photograph where the sun doesn't shine...

For most of the models I shoot, the sun shines equally.  Out of over 100 models, I can think of one case where tan lines were relevant.  smile

Jul 02 12 06:00 pm Link

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Rick Edwards

Posts: 6165

Wilmington, Delaware, US

and 90% of my nude models are in sunlight

Jul 02 12 06:17 pm Link

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Ester Ginzbur

Posts: 128

Edison, New Jersey, US

I love this analogy smile

Jul 02 12 06:23 pm Link

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In Its Own Way

Posts: 165

Fort Wayne, Indiana, US

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, those 2 pictures say it all.  Great analogy

Jul 02 12 07:03 pm Link

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Tom deL

Posts: 3720

Lexington, Ohio, US

Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.

Jul 02 12 08:48 pm Link

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Dan K Photography

Posts: 5479

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

I just do it for the nekkid chicks.

Jul 02 12 08:50 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Tom deL wrote:
Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.

Well, I shoot clothed models as well, but no one seems to question that.  At least, no one other than models who don't want to pose other than nude.

Jul 03 12 09:23 am Link

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GPS Studio Services

Posts: 36670

San Francisco, California, US

Why shouldn't you shoot nudes?  I've always loved your work.1

Jul 03 12 09:39 am Link

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Rays Fine Art

Posts: 6403

New York, New York, US

Tom deL wrote:
Some seek a bit of mystery ... clothing can make excellent perspectives ...

Each to his or her own I guess.

Not to get too far away from the topic, but part of the problem of nude vs. clothed is what what are you taking a picture of?  If you put a beautiful dress on a beautiful woman, 9 times out of 10, the picture is ultimately of the dress, whereas the nude picture is of the woman.  Similarly, if you cloth her in "a bit of mystery" the picture becomes about the mystery.

Personally I like pictures of dresses when they're on a beautiful woman more than when they're on a beautiful clothes rack, and I like mysterious pictures more when they explore the mystery of a beautiful woman than when they explore the mystery of, say, the Almighty, and I like pictures of beautiful nude women . . . well the chain breaks down a bit here, because at the heart of it all, I just plain like beautiful women.

All IMHO, as always.

Jul 03 12 10:25 am Link

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immateria

Posts: 15446

Brooklyn, New York, US

lol

Jul 03 12 10:49 am Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35329

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great analogy. smile

Jul 03 12 12:51 pm Link

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Vincent Wolff

Posts: 2866

Chicago, Illinois, US

smile  love it

Jul 03 12 01:37 pm Link

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Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

ei Total Productions wrote:
Why shouldn't you shoot nudes?  I've always loved your work.

Thank you.  smile 

Just wish I could do a better job of getting some money out of it . . . .

Jul 03 12 03:57 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

I always imagined your response to "Why I shoot nudes" would be, because "Art of the Senior Portrait" Photography wouldn't be nearly as interesting.

Jul 03 12 04:03 pm Link

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Wysiwyg Photography

Posts: 6326

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Ok.. I can agree with that.. smile

Jul 03 12 04:03 pm Link

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Ron Casas Photography

Posts: 813

Lexington, South Carolina, US

I can dig it!!!

Jul 03 12 04:04 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Art of the nude wrote:
The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg

But couldn't this be used to argue the opposite? The first image is a fine sunset. But that second obstructed image REALLY makes me want to stare and analyze and imagine what's behind there. smile

Jul 03 12 04:05 pm Link

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varton

Posts: 2391

New York, New York, US

In my case, I keep shooting and suddenly they start taking their clothes off. It's not my fault..

big_smile

Jul 03 12 04:07 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Art of the nude wrote:
The question comes up now and then, and I've thought of this answer for a while.  The best way I can say it is with pictures:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7490944506_58ab085974_c.jpg

Michael Pandolfo wrote:
But couldn't this be used to argue the opposite? The first image is a fine sunset. But that second obstructed image REALLY makes me want to stare and analyze and imagine what's behind there. smile

That's pretty much the rationale of those who say it's "sexier to leave something to the imagination."  Aside from the fact that you always leave SOMETHING to the imagination, that assumes the goal is sexiness.  But it isn't, for me.

Jul 03 12 06:02 pm Link

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J Jessica

Posts: 2373

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US

But... The pictures have WORDS.
big_smile
Kinda cheating

Jul 03 12 06:12 pm Link

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Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15790

Orlando, Florida, US

May I steal this idea, but instead of an overlay of the bikini, I'd like to put a fence there to block the sun?

Jul 03 12 06:15 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:
May I steal this idea, but instead of an overlay of the bikini, I'd like to put a fence there to block the sun?

Certainly.  And a nice touch.

Edit; and it IS my photo, which I posted specifically with a "creative commons" license.  Not sure if that covers what you propose, but you have my specific permission.

Jul 03 12 07:10 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

J Jessica  wrote:
But... The pictures have WORDS.
big_smile
Kinda cheating

It's the remedial version for Flickr . . . .

Jul 03 12 07:10 pm Link

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Rik Williams

Posts: 3517

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I do it for the beauty and MYSTERY a woman poseses.
Don't have to see it all to be sensuous, in fact, that kind of ruins it for me.

Jul 03 12 09:52 pm Link