family graphics can be nudity. As parents we
get used to seeing our young children without clothes. Few people see any real
Trouble with photographing our own kids at bath time or sprawling naked on a
Carpet, but the authorities may. There have been a number of cases where processing
Laboratory staff have contacted police over images they have discovered. In the UK one
television personality discovered herself being charged by the police and her name
splashed over the papers, although the case was eventually dropped.
Sally Mann
Most photographers at least will be familiar with the great work of Sally Mann,
large-format photographs made in collaboration with her young and often naked
Kids. Again her work has raised criticism from many who’ve regarded it as
exploitation of her children, although I find this hard to take seriously.
Certainly people who are acting improperly towards their offspring are unlikely
to release photographic evidence.
Mann’s work is amazing, and reveals a good deal about the feelings and love in
her family, both between her and her children and also in the relationships
between them. It’s hard to understand how anyone can find this offensive. It’s
powerful and moving work that gives a positive and enriching of life.
Yet we do need to be mindful there are folks about who take a more
negative view, and also laws that we should take notice of. There are also ill
Folks who may view graphics of child nudity in different ways to us. It really is an
Place where some caution is needed as to what’s revealed and where.
Many other photographers also have worked with their own families. Among those
whose work appears to me to be strongest are Emmett Gowin and Nick Waplington (see
box, top right.)
Don’t miss out
Yet I ‘d feel I had missed an opportunity if I ‘d not photographed the
events in my life when my children were young – and a part of this are all the
Actions of parenthood, bathing, feeding, changing and so on. These are a part
of my photographic archive, although there are likely some that I would desire
to keep secret among family and friends for various reasons. Others I’m joyful
to reveal in public.
Nudity as revealed in images like this is seldom unacceptable, as neither the
faces nor any genital regions of the subjects are shown. ( Peter Marshall, 1980)
Holiday times give us more time with friends and families, and the tactic of a
new year is traditionally a time for reflection and the making of resolutions.
Individuals are more significant than anything else in all our lives, and our families
and pals really the most important. It appears natural that they should have an
important part in the work of any photographer. For me they have been the
starting point for an investigation of photography that has led me out in many and
varied directions.
Body painting is a kind of expression
used by individuals who like to be naked to convey feelings and thoughts about the
human body by making use of the body itself as the sailcloth. Such ideas may sometimes be
of a sexual nature, but that is only a little part of the potential range of
Ideas that can be expressed in this manner.
It shouldn’t be quite
surprising that people who like to be nude also like to paint bodies or have
their own painted. It truly is a pretty common pastime at nudist/naturist assemblies
and events, and other joyful occasions where naked people are found.
A naked body makes a
pretty good canvas for creative expression. In fact, the increased possibilities
for self expression that are possible when does not wear clothes form
one of the chief attractions of being nude for a number of people.
What people who are
interested in the body as an expressive medium have in common with those who
just like to be nude is a specific disposition towards the body. An approach that
is more detached and objective than “regular”. An approach that tolerates, without
flinching, the body for what it’s, and then uses it to realize new notions of
“Corpo reality”.
Is body painting an erotic
thing? Clearly, it can be, just as certain selections in clothes can be lusty.
Nevertheless, click need not be any more erotic than other, non-erotic kinds of
Recognition of the body for its own benefit.
Make Up Artist
As a Make-up Artist and
Body painter I believe it is significant that you consider the Health and Safety
Aspect of what you are doing. Some of the comments are advocating non-cosmetic
art supplies and products to be used on the skin. This is an extremely unadvisable
thing to do. I’ve approached many art supplies makers and been told in
no unclear terms the products AREN’T safe to be used on human skin!
Cosmetic products (including Mehron, Kryolan, Fardel and Grimas Body and Face
paints) have conformed to US and EC regulations for cosmetic products.
Using art products on a
model which haven’t been examined and OK’d could bring about a substantial litigation
landing on your own lap if the model develops contact dermatitis as a result or