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On Nudity

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 20, 2017, 8:30 AM



This was a reply I left on :iconyuni:s post.  I thought it might give you all an insight on how I feel about nudity.

About Nudity...again?!?I guess it's clear I really admire the naked human body XD But... I've noticed that every time after I spend too much time "socializing", I always end up developing some kind of shame feeling about my art :/ ... and it takes some time of privacy and looking at all the beautiful nude art by other artists, just to get reassured and back into shape again o_o
Sometimes, like recently when I was on vacations, I even had some weird ideas like "maybe I should 'improve' my art by adding more clothes or finding some tasteful angles where genitals and other bits can't be seen"... And of course, going that way will make me worry less but it really makes me sad to think of such things! But every time I even simply go out and see other people in real life, I feel like I'm some kind of a pervert :/
But since nudity is so very common in art, I always wondered how other artists manage to deal with the problem... Or maybe I'm making up problems that don't even exist?
p.s. Actually while I'm drawin


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"I have to make this quick, because I have to get to class.

I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid (4 years old, and I wanted to specialize in obstetrics, to be exact).  I read Gray's Anatomy before most of my friends could read "See Dick run".  So I never had an issue with the human body.  In fact, I came to love and admire how wonderful it is.  All this, mind you, before I had the requisite hormones to be a pervert.  My friend, Jenny (I consider her to be my first girlfriend), and I used to get in trouble for getting our clothes dirty all the time.  So we figured out an ingenious way to avoid that.  Picture two naked babies running around the back yard.   We still got dirty, but at least there was no laundry to do.  Our parents would give us baths together, and my dad would make the same stupid joke every night: "Let's wash them off, so we can figure out which kid belongs to whom."  To which I would think, "Dad?  What's wrong with you?  I'm the boy!"

When I was 10, I got into drawing.  I found that drawing people was my favorite.  At first, I was mostly interested in capturing movement -- for instance, your arm can't be straight up in the air if the snowball is already heading to your snow-fight enemy.  Which brought me back to anatomy.

When I was 11, I won a camera in a contest.  My parents very quickly realized I had an interest in it, and since I was disappointed that it wasn't a "real" camera (I didn't know what an SLR was back then), they bought me a "real" camera, a tripod, and some books on photography that Christmas.  Some of those books had examples of artistic nudes, which though my tendency was to avert my eyes (simply because I thought I shouldn't be looking at such things), I thought they were quite beautiful images.  I don't know why I avoided those pages.  My parents, though religious, weren't puritanical.  I got it from society in general.

Then puberty hit, and I was flooded with all of those aforementioned hormones.  Like every other teenager, I didn't know what was happening.  I went a little bit bonkers for a bit.  At one point I thought to myself that I wanted to be reincarnated as Samantha Fox's bathwater.  But I would never say that out loud.  My drawing took a turn.  I started focusing on female anatomy, and basically the external anatomy.  Back then, there was no internet, so I had to use the Sears Catalog swimsuit and underwear sections for references, and I unfortunately ultimately ended up burning those early drawings (they were horrible, but I wish I still had them.  I'd post them to show my growth).

But I eventually started to realize that nudity has existed in art for millennia, and I once again got comfortable with the human body -- not just as a sexual creature, but as the beautiful human body I once thought it was so long ago.

Around the time I visited my first nudist venue, I also decided to become an art nude photographer.  I met some nudists, and they taught me the difference between "Naked" and "Nude".  "Naked" means something is lacking.  "Nude" is just a natural state.

In other words, when you're in the shower, you're just nude.  If the house is on fire while you're showering and you have to run out into the middle of the street, you're naked.

What changed is how people think of you.  I no longer hide the fact that I'm an art nude photographer.  In fact, I'll let it be known fairly quickly, now.  Screw what other people think."

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I was late to class.



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Eric
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I do . . . stuff. I like to create things. I used to draw, but now I mainly do photography. I photograph any subject that catches my fancy. Lately, I've been focused on fine art nudes. But that's not all I do with a camera. I'd actually like to make a living with a camera, but we'll see how it goes. I might be a sculptor, tomorrow, for all I know.
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If you're not familiar with me (which I suspect is the case if you're reading this), I absolutely LOATHE the DeviantArt watermark. On principle, I don't fave or comment on any deviation that uses it. It's the only way I know how to protest against it.

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I love it when you get a notification that someone added one of your deviations to their favorites 1 hour, 50 minutes ago, and it's already a deactivated account.
I've said this before, and I'm sure I'll have to say it again.  I have no problem with vulvas.   I am a heterosexual male, that's my thing.

What I have issue with is full-on spread-leg images.  Please stop those.  That is the equivalent of male erections.
I don't do it for sexual reasons.  I don't do it for  Æsthtic reasons.  I shaved once, and now if it gets too long, I have to get out the blade.  It's really nothing more than a tick.  On the scope of mental problems, be glad that I just have that.

"Aluminum" or "Aluminium"?

Both Americans AND Brits need to shut the fuck up about this one, because we're both right, and we're both wrong.

It was a Brit, Sir Humphrey Davy, who named the substance found in North America. . . . . He originally called it "Alumium", but was a bit on the fence about it and decided on "Aluminum" instead.

After a while, since it was part of companies names (Aluminum Company of America -- a.k.a. "AlCoA") and the Noah Webster Dictionary, that name stuck.

It wasn't until 1990 that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry determined that the element should adhere to scientific standards, and applied the scientific term, "Aluminium".

SO!!!! In much the way we don't refer to other elements by their scientific names (We don't call iron ferrium, we don't call lead plumbium, we don't call copper cuprium, we don't call gold augmentium . . . .), Aluminum should be an acceptable way of referring to the element that should rightfully be known as aluminium in the scientific community.

We're both right.

Get off our jocks, Brits. We gave you the shit, and you named it.

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phydeau Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Solstice!  Friendly reminder:  Fan blades are WAY more effective when they're clean.  If you're pulling out the fan for the first time this summer, give them a bath.

This PSA was brought to you by people who look at dirty fan blades and know that they just scatter air around.
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phydeau Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I just thought of something that I didn't have time to post at the time, where dA helped me.

Last term, I was in a communications class, and we were talking about "noise" I'm not going to get into the various types of noise (look it up).

But one of the types of noise is technical jargon.  My professor asked if anyone had said something recently that a layman wouldn't understand.

I said:

"A fellow deviant asked me why I updated one of my deviations.  I told him that I was simply removing irrelevant information from years past.  I had once given permission to a group that existed before groups existed that no longer exists."

The class was rightfully confused.

For those of you that can understand that, Cheers, fellow old-timer.

For the rest of you, we still call you newbies.  ;)  But we love you.
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Dusfgraat Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Fave :)
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Many many many thanks for the :+fav:  :dance:
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Thank you for adding my images to your favourites!
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