As with many of my self portrait nudes this has an element of how we are trapped in the fact that parts of society refuse to accept the natural naked human form.
I was trying out a new location that was dark, cold and wet. With all but one entry to the building blocked it really did feel like this is how we’re forced to hide the human body. Public nudity is perfectly legal in Britain, but try it and see how quickly the police arrive to force a cover up, or worse, to arrest you.
We get away with public nudity within a protest, as is demonstrated by the World Naked Bike Ride events that i try to partake in each year. But even nudity for art in the public domain becomes hazardous.
I doubt i’ll ever understand why people have such issues with non sexual nudity that brings about censorship, but have come to accept the sexualisation of the body in advertising. We have it the wrong way round!
It’s time to end censorship of the human body!
Posted in Monochrome, Nudes
Tagged abandoned building, art nude photography, art photography, black and white, body freedom, censorship, decay, derelict, dereliction, male nude, male nude art, male nude photography, man, monochrome, naked male, nude, nude art, nude man, nudity, photography, public nudity
I became quite captivated by this window. I fully expected to see the curtain pull back and a ghostly face appear.
I’m actually a little upset that it didn’t, though i’m sure the family living there are quite pleased..
We’ve all seen these kind of sights, and there’s lots of photos of birds on power lines and telephone wires, but we still take the photos because they look god don’t they….
A recent photowalk here in Derby took us back to one of my favourite places. It’s the same place as in three of my last five blog posts.
It’s a regular haunt of the local drug users and so it’s really not a pleasant place to wander around at times.
As long as you’re careful then there always seems to be something interesting to photograph, whether it be graffiti, the waste, all round dereliction, or like in these photos, the syringes.
You don’t ever have to set anything up, it’s just there in front of you to try and find the right view and lighting.
The filth that people exist in during their highs is remarkable, and when first seen is often quite shocking.
These two photos are just how i found them, not that i’d really want to be touching used syringes of course….
Posted in Urban Decay
Tagged decay, Derby, dereliction, drug abuse, drug use, filth, needles, photography, syringes, UK, urban decay
Back in July i posted the blog This is just as much your home as is ours… The graffiti in that photo, and other in the building, gave me the idea that it might be good to try and interact with it. I returned recently with my mate Gary to see what we could do. My basic ideas were to use the nude figure, especially as one of the graffiti works was a painting of the nude…
After years as a life model it was fun to copy a painting rather than being painted.
A Room With A View!
I loved the idea of using the view through the hatch and using myself alongside the graffiti of the dog and the speech bubble.
With the head on the wall looking a little sinister, and the word “Corpse” underneath, i couldn’t resist laying down and being being the missing corpse.
In For The Kill!
When i first saw this graffiti it made me think of a praying mantis and the way the female eats the male.
Posted in Ideas, Monochrome, Nudes, Urban Decay
Tagged art nude photography, art photography, artistic, black and white, concept, decay, derelict, dereliction, graffiti, idea, male, male nude, male nude art, monochrome, nude, nude art, photography
This was a quick capture during the recent Derby Summer Beer Festival
It’s always nice to see happy smiling faces…and the beer festival tends to bring about a good few of them.
Posted in Events, Monochrome, Portraits
Tagged beer, beer festival, beer glasses, black and white, Derby, Derby Beer Festival, Derby Summer Beer Festival 2013, glasses, happy, monochrome, people, photography, portraits, smile, smiling, street photography, UK
I took these photos to represent how we are forced by society to hide away the human body. For those who are comfortable with the naked human body, we’re often treated as if it’s something shameful, or even worse, something disgusting. We can be treated like perverts for simply enjoying the pleasure of being free from clothes, to swim naked in the sea, or sit quietly in a park, or to enjoy the human form in art.
Surely the real perversion is to be offended by the human body!
I find that attitude offensive!
Forced to hang my hang head in naked shame!
Hiding my shameful nakedness!
Agonising over being forced to hide my nakedness!
Contemplating the great shame of my nudity!
Is my nakedness really so bad?
Will society ever let me be free?
Posted in Monochrome, Nudes, Portraits
Tagged art nude, art nude photography, body freedom, human body, male nude, male nude photography, male nudity, naked, naked male, naked man, nakedness, nude, nude art, nude photography, nudity, photography, shame, shameful