Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Nekkid - A Concept

I have finally settled on a senior project.  It's been a while in the making.  We all know I have a strong interest in all things related to sex, photography, art, porn and most of the derivatives of the aforementioned.

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:

  • Bellocq
  • 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. 

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