I know very little, if anything at all, about the history of photography. It is something I plan on studying more deeply. Recently someone told me about Edward Weston, one of the early pioneers of artistic photography. Weston lived between 1886-1958 and he produced some wonderful nudes between the 20’s and 40’s. One of his nudes actually sold for $1,609,000 in 2010.
The above image by Weston might either get you fired from your job if seen in the wrong setting or make you a millionaire if you were fortunate enough to own it. Such is the schizophrenic nature of our world when it comes to the artistic depiction of the human body.
I myself have often been labeled a heathen and pornographer by the more holy members of different religious denominations for my posts containing nude images. To some, the two images above are pornography: vile, filthy, evil and to be not only shunned but even destroyed. To others, these images are works of art, deserving the same respect as an ancient Greek nude statue or a painting by Rembrandt.
Art is often fascinating because of the responses engendered by the viewers, whether hostile or appreciative. Weston’ s works are an illuminating example of those stark dichotomies inherent in our natures when we are presented with nude or erotic imagery.
Is the last one at an awkward angle or does that girl have ridiculously skinny arms?
(You know it’s art if you notice arms over nipples.)
Classic erotic art like those above are more tasteful than most of the nonsense we pass of as “art” nowadays. Watching people go into hysterics over black and white picture of a nude women never ceases to amaze me.
Racer X said:
She does seem to have ridiculously skinny arms!
Racer X said:
Yes, I agree completely. It is always amusing to watch!