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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Nude Modeling

As some of you may or many not know, I do quite a bit of Artistic Nude and Fine Art Nude Modeling. I have worked with fine artists and photographers on images for inclusion in fine art photography coffee table books and for sale through fine art galleries.

As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, nude modeling and nude photography can generally be divided into the following areas: Artistic Nude, Fine Art Nude, and Glamour Nude. The purpose of the aforementioned types of photography is creation of art, or artistic images.

Adult Content photography is an extreme case of glamour nude, whereas sexual acts are either performed by one or more models in still images or video, or the content is intended for the sole purpose of sexual arousal of the viewer.

As Justice Potter Stewart tried to identify "hard-core" pornography back in 1964, by saying, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . but I know it when I see it . . . "[1]
Up until the present, the Supreme Court has been struggling to identify what speech is "obscene". More information can be found on but without getting to technical, here is what I call “artistic” photography.

Whether nude or non-nude, artistic nude or even implied nude generally is a celebration of a human form and an expressions of a human body in lighting and shadows. Lighting techniques are best tested in the case of nude modeling. Generally, the difference between artistic nude modeling and glamour nude modeling is in the purpose of the images. If the images are intended solely for the purpose of arousal of the viewer, they are considered glamour. If the intended use of the images is art, artistic presentation of the form, and or lighting techniques and the art of lighting, the images are considered artistic. Although not clearly defined, the difference between artistic and fine art nude if the lighting. What is the purpose of the image? If it is to show lighting art, I consider it to be fine art nude, rather then artistic. If the image conveys the mood, rather then focuses of particular lighting techniques, it is rather artistic, then fine art nude.

Although all of the following categories are considered nude modeling, there are several degrees of nude: Implied, Sheer or covered, Topless back or profile view, Bottomless back or profile view, Full back or profile view, Topless front view, Bottomless front view, Full front view.

1 Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964)