All photographers know digital technology along with the economy has impacted our craft to the point where we are forced to diversify not just our photography portfolios, but how we share our photographs with the world, so welcome to another one of my websites. What makes this photoblog so different? First of all, it will have most of my photography that involves editorial nudes—which means, you don’t have to worry about Google advertising on this site—only advertising from companies like Amazon.com and a few supporters that will help me spread the gospel of fine-art photography.
No, this is not a website where you’ll find pornography, nor is this a website where models are underage, this is a website that showcases another genre of my art, though I want to clarify, nudity should never be a requirement for photography. Nudity is not for everyone, but for those that can appreciate the beauty of the human form and can handle it with maturity and common sense. I hope you’ll enjoy how I view nudity through my lens, often in a more editorial format.
While I’d prefer to keep all my photography thoughts in the Photo Diary section of LensDiaries.com, I’d have to pull off some of the advertising that supports it, so I hope, if you’d like this site to succeed, that you’ll support us by clicking on our advertisers’ links found here and all my other websites–I can bring you more about photography with this support!
Nudity in general, at least for the United States, is one of those taboo areas, depending on its context, and while being politically correct was the norm for the past decades, with today’s social networking, the United States is finally becoming more European when it comes to nudity in photography—so get over it if you’re not there yet!
I lived in Germany from 1988-1991, during my active-duty U.S. Army days and nudity was never an issue in the parts of Europe I traveled in. While I love my country dearly and served 17-years total Federal service, including 26-months in Latin America doing my part in the Drug War, you can’t help, especially if you’re a photographer, to love the European mentality when it comes to nudity—it is not wrong nor immoral, especially in photography.
While many famous photographers are known for other genres of photography, such as fashion, commercial, landscape and photojournalism photography, almost all have shot a nude photograph at some point in their careers. Some, like Helumut Newton, were catapult into more fame for their nude photography than their commercial magazine work. It’s been said that Simon de Pury, the head of the New York/London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, while having a discussion with Helmut Newton about the then upcoming inaugural show for his Zurich gallery, asked Newton, “…What else do you have?” Newton replied, “My landscapes, but nobody wants to see those.”
Newton was correct and soon “Sex and Landscapes” was conceived for that inaugural show in 2001. While undoubtedly the late Newton has help put the “PC” in nudity over the years, it’s not that nudity is so bad in our private conscious, it’s the difficulty of the use of the word in our vocabulary and the use of nude images in our visual arts—like a fear, our own society is the guilty culprit and it’s time for us to “grow up” and accept the beauty nudity brings.
No I’m not a nudist (pc correct term: naturist), nor am I an advocate that we don’t need clothes, far from it, what I’m merely saying is that when used in the right context, either visually or vocally, it should not be looked down upon outside, especially since we’ve accepted it inside our minds. Let’s not be hypocrites.
A great example is the word “vagina.” It’s another one of those taboo things in the United States we’re not supposed to talk about, but in 1998 cable giant HBO brought it to our television sets with the award winning television show called “Vagina Monologues.” While I’m sure a few cringed at that fact, millions upon millions of Americans tuned-in and soon V-Day, a global non-profit was formed that has raised over $50 million for women’s anti-violence groups, something I whole-heartedly support.
So with that mentality, I’m sure you’ll like these photographs more than my other photography—and whether that statement holds true or not, please help support this site by visiting all my websites including LensDiaries.com, PhotographerOfWomen.com, GarageGlamour.com, QuoteTheQuotes.com, RolandoGomez.net, RolandoGomez.com, and if you like what you see and would love to take a stab at nude photography with your camera, please visit RolandoGomez.net for the latest photography workshop information! Thanks, Rolando.