First of all, hope you're fine...
I'm really busy at work and I've not so much time to spend here at the moment.
I hope to come back in business on dA really soon with new works to share. I'm planning some new projects... but I need more time to release them. My photo-magazine absorbes all my efforts and it remains few time to organize in my daily life.
Anyway...sometimes I find two minutes to open dA on the art-gallery's pc. I browse the photography main page to look out something new, something inspiring and deserving. But... really often I stumble upon questionable photos. I think lot of you have just intend what I'm talking about...
I mean... years ago, when I left dA, the artistic nude category was a little bit more selected. Surely, lot of people posted pics that had little to do with Art, but there was more attention to avoid porn and exhibitionism. The year I left started a different approach to this... maybe more liberal, less "rigorous"..uhm..I don't know. The fact is that, just for curiosity, I opened the artistic nude main page and it was really uncanny.
Everyone of you can open that page and see, I think that you don't need more details from me.
Maybe I'm too old or too "puritan" (someone can blame on me in that way)... but I've an higher consideration of artistic nude. In photography, I think, there's nothing more difficult to release. And I don't mean a pure skill or talent aspect, there're a lot of shades to ponder and the first is the "taste".
Let me explain: I love Mapplethorpe. Someone can argue that a part of his production can be a little "extreme". But there's a lot of taste.
At the same I love Newton. Different approach. Same great taste. Taste in composition. Taste for the message. Extreme or not. Taste.
In the great part of what I've seen there's a lack of taste. Few deserving pics and a lot of amateurish exhibitionism.
We live an era of emancipation. It sounds really obsolete this need of free nudity on the web without aim.
In the '60/'70 there was a social revolution that had at its foundament a justify research of personal freedom and individuality. The Art was influenced by this and it works good to help this evolution.
But now... now it sounds ridicolous.
Everyone has a freedom of choice. I'm not arguing about personal freedom.
But I don't really understand how young guys expose theirselves in that rough way without respect of their dignity and intimacy totally avoiding the Art.
And moreover, I do not understand how dA can accept this.
At last this is just my opinion.
You all are free to have yours and to do what you think right.
Just wanted to share my two cents.
Have a great weekend.