So, I have set out to explore the reactions, definitions and perceptions of nudity in photography. Over the next few months, I will be looking at how the use of light/absence of light and color/black and white images reflect and define nudity. I believe that by changing grain/noise, textures, format, setting, color quality, posture and facial expression, nudity is perceived differently. Of course, the perception changes when you change the distribution and audience, as well. So, I will be looking at, changing and working with all of these variables.
Every week, I will research and highlight a photographer and apply new techniques based on their work. So far, I have a shortlist:
- Robert Mapplethorpe
- Man Ray
- Edward Weston
- Marc Baptiste
I will incorporate articles and current events as they come up. I will exploring the worlds of pornography, fine art, commercial art, advertising and fashion in an attempt to answer the question, "What makes a nude pornographic and what makes it art?" I am in the beginning stages, so I expect my views, and goals to change as I work. Hope you enjoy the work. Below is a sneak peek at my newest work. Let the research begin. Let's get Nekkid.