The artistic nude VS. pornography. What's the difference?  

kondenado86 30M
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6/25/2005 8:08 pm

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The artistic nude VS. pornography. What's the difference?


For centuries the artists have been amazed by the perfection of the human body. They saw the power and the beauty concealed within the feeble flesh, the power for art. All of them tried to picture it as vividly, as realistically as possible, but few of them were skillful enough to see every single aspect, every single shade in its correct value, every limb in its right proportion, every single breed of hair in the exact position of an instant. This was until the apparition of the photographic camera. This was an inflexion point in time for art. Now an artist could not be as skillful with his hands, but if he was able to see the beauty in its entire splendor and grasp it with the film in his camera, he had a photo. A piece of art made by himself.

Since the moment when photography was first used for an artistic purpose, it has grown towards many different paths. One of those paths is meant to show us the magnificence of the human body. That is the nude. What is a nude? The dictionary says: An unclothed human figure. Then a nude is the same as pornography, somebody would say. The dictionary says for pornography: Pictures, writing, or other material that is sexually explicit. If we stay strictly with what the dictionary says, yes, some nudes may be called as well pornography, but what are the differences between them then?

Both the artistic nude and pornography are meant for the pleasure of the viewer, but in opposite ways. The artistic nude pretends to feed the intellectual part of the viewer while pornography is purely for the physical pleasure. Any good photograph should evoke a response or emotion. These responses are different in these two kinds of photography. The nude is meant to create a feeling of peaceful warmth, while pornography is meant to create a desire to get or perform an action. A nude has success when it has power to drive the imagination of the viewer through sensuality, showing part and letting the brain work the rest. On pornography the explicit content of the photograph doesn’t leave anything to the imagination, it gives you the full, bare content without the interest of what may be hidden.

The artistic nude is often taken in black and white films while on the contrary pornography is usually done in color. Why is that? The color gives the eye too much information to process, and many times that prevents the viewer from focusing in primary aspects of the image. In a black and white image the subject may blend with the background, but the point we want the viewer to focus on is always well differentiated. In pornography there is no point in which to focus, because the whole of the image has the same value for that particular purpose.

The artistic nude worships the body and so tries to enhance form and value over the rest of its features. Pornography focuses on an action, stripping it from the sensuality of a clean image, leaving only a crude sexuality deprived of its main purpose.

In the end the difference between nude and pornography is only in the intention of the photographer. The line between these two kinds of photography is so subtle that there is not a valid definition for neither of them. In any case the perception of what is beautiful, sensual or sexual is different for every person, therefore a photo that many would think is pornographic, others would say that is just art.

So is my personal experience. I've done a few photo sessions of friends, and I must say that I had never experienced anything more pleasant (except for an orgasm ) than creating a piece of art out of a human figure. Ok, it is pretty hard the first half hour when you have to tell yourself: stand your ground, this is work, lust right now is not an option..., but when you begin to calm down, you are able to see. To see the true beauty. That gives you a warm, sweet, extremely pleasant feeling of fullfilment.

Now I want your opinion. For you where is that fine line defined? Is it a blur? Have you ever taken photos in an "artistic" mood?

MistressKits 45F

6/26/2005 5:51 pm

In Orlando we have an annual art show called "Nude Nite." My first year attending I was very impressed by one gentleman's work. I wanted to be showcased in the next year's show. He did phenomenal work and really put together interesting pieces. Needless to say I made the contact and he took the pictures. They came out well. It was a sexless session... purely artistic... all shot in black and white.

I agree with prettyhot2go that the "seductive" photography is missing from this site. If I am going to see a picture of you in some way I would like to see something that spurs on my imagination. If I want to see a cock all I have to do is google images for "cock" ...


kondenado86 30M
9 posts
6/27/2005 4:54 pm

I agree with you two girls in the lack of seductive photography in this site and symilars. I find strange the fact that most of the non explicit photos are from females. I understand that most of us (males) tend to be more sexual focused and thus tend to be less shy, but back in Spain, where I am from, It was easier to find a female willing to model than a male. Can you give me some insight on that?


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