I’m often asked, “What is an editorial nude?” The simple answer, an editorial nude is an image that tells the story, normally with the model in some state of nudity, whether it’s implied or more revealing, but still with class—something you’d find in an art gallery. A photograph, not a picture, suitable for framing, collecting or being published, where the photographer, model and the owner of the image are proud of its creation is the litmus test.
An editorial nude photograph captured during my photography workshop in Los Angeles.
Usually that question is then followed by, “What’s the difference between a picture and photograph?” Since I deal with adults, not minors, my next answer is cautiously provided, “Think of it as a graceful dance.” Then I usually get a “I still don’t get it” look, so I follow it with, “Whether you’re married or not, everyone likes sex, but not everyone makes love. The main difference is the passion one provides that the other probably doesn’t, so think of it that way, a photograph is the passion found in making love.” And if I get a dumbfounded look, I tell them they might want to invest in some professional medical advice or counseling.
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