Nude Art or Is It Porn?

| February 27, 2011 | 5 Comments

Nude Art & Photography Or Pornography

The Issues Pertaining to Nude Art vs Porn:

Nude Art – So as a nudist organization with a social network on our website, we recently were faced with an interesting issue. Once you have a profile in our community, you can upload photos and share them. For us, nude pictures in this context are more about the natural form and tasteful nude art. We are not nor aim to be a Pornography site or “picture-peddler” website. Thus we have to monitor the photos people share and do something about any images we might deem sexually inappropriate or pornographic.

Now what I’ve come to realize is that judging these pictures is totally subjective. When does a photo go from being artistic to being sexual or pornographic? It’s not as easy a judgment as you might think! A nude figure could be posing a certain way that can be slightly sexual, but one little change of posture, and it can become completely innocent. We certainly want to let people express themselves freely. The question is where to draw the line..

A good example to contemplate this question is by looking at the paintings of Modigliani, an early 20th century painter whose artwork was only shared in a gallery for one day, as it was deemed too scandalous to be shown! Looking at the nude photos below, this artwork was considered porn back in the day. Here the sexuality seems to come from the pose, the direction and feeling of the woman’s gaze..It’s all so subtle!

Amedeo Modigliani Reclining Nude Art / Painting

Amedeo Modigliani Reclining Nude Art / Painting

A potential advertiser for our site offered these guidelines, which are still very subjective:

“If you would not want a nudist child to see it, it probably is sexual and not just simple nudity or art. If it looks like they are just in a bathroom or sitting on a bed with their legs spread and they are looking at their crotch and their crotch is the focal point of the photo, it is probably meant to be sexual. If it is done with nice scenery, nice lighting and beautiful, it is probably art. It is all about the intent of the photo.”

What do you think about these guidelines? Would they work in judging a nude photo? Would a painting like Modigliani’s belong on a naturist website?

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