From a series “Reconstructed Histories” by artist Mike Kelley, who originally attributed this pic & others to some grade-school kids apparently.
The Reality of Nude Photos
Alright, so this is a little bit of an unrelated note to my regular posts, but I feel like it’s important. I want to take just a quick minute to explain the difference I see between a naked body that’s posed and a naked body that is just that: a naked body.
When we look at naked people on the internet (be it Porn Stars, “selfies” taken by internet-famous bloggers, or professional freelance models), they are almost always in these poses that elongate the body, stretch out the muscles, show off the ribs, push the breasts forward and hide all of those squishy rolls that happen when we relax. I am not attacking them, so please don’t feel defensive if those are the kinds of photos you are a part of. They’re beautiful, I have no problem with them. I just feel called to point out that a body that looks so “sexy” or “slender” or “desirable” in one picture, can look squishy, vulnerable and saggy in the next just by letting go of a pose. No one wants to post those pictures, those are the ones you delete before they’re even out of the camera. No one wants to say, “Hey! Here’s a selfie of how my tummy puffs out and look, can you see the stretch marks on my breasts!?”
I took both of those pictures this morning, minutes apart. They’re both me. They’re both completely unedited. They are simply meant to show the difference between a body that is carefully designed to be sexy and well-received, and a body that is just sitting there being a naked body on a bed in the morning.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t pose in photos, or that photos designed to look sexy are bad whatsoever, so please don’t think that’s what I’m getting at. I just felt like sharing a picture of what a body really looks like sitting on a bed, instead of an image of what a body looks like carefully posed on a bed.
I love this point she brings up. There is nothing wrong with posing in a way you think is sexy or attractive. But I get so tired of those images on the Internet when nude women are always in the SAME poses. Always made to look “sexy.” It can really difficult to find a photo of a nude woman in a natural pose! Even harder to find one that hasn’t been airbrushed to cover up spots and slim down the body.
Beauty can be found in reality too, without planned poses…in bodies that are positioned the way they wanna be & limbs that are falling just the way they want to at that moment…
It reminds me of an article I once read by a (female) writer that decided to stop obsessing over what photos she was tagged in on Facebook - ones where she’d decided she looked fat or chubby, bad, ugly, etc. She said something like, 'Ya know what? This is ok because this is what I look sometimes. This is me.' It’s true, many people immediately delete or untag photos when the camera happened to catch them in an unflattering pose or angle. Most of us would probably benefit from not being so hard on ourselves with photos. We could just accept that we look a little thinner in some photos and a little larger in others. Sometimes our flaws or marks are showing and that’s ok.
"Sexy" poses are ok, but they’re everywhere. It’s like the only way women are allowed to be in photos. People need to see more realistic representations of women. More natural everyday photos.
~Felicity / Young Naturists & Nudists America
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