Google, Facebook, Why The Problem With Art Nude Photography?

I seem to be on my pet subject here. I’ll try not to ramble too much as i have a page dedicated to to this already.

In the time i’ve been on Facebook it’s always aggravated me that when it comes to nudity there is a complete ban. I’m certainly not the only one as many models also complain about this. Having seen the nude work of many of these models, some are wonderful art nudes, some alternative style containing nudity, and some are erotic, but non that i follow on Facebook or other sites could be considered pornographic!

Through social media it’s now possible to get to know something of the models. They generally seem to be decent and intelligent people. They model because they enjoy it, and if they’re prepared to do nude work then good for them. Mostly they seem in control of what they do and are happy with it. I have a lot of respect for them. Yet often they complain of photos being removed by Facebook, or even that their page is closed down, even if they don’t show full nudity.

Photographers also complain about not being able to show their full range of photography if they do nude work. There’s rarely anything pervy about it, and often it’s female photographers working with female models. On the whole there is a lot of respect shown to each other. Yet many have photographs removed by Facebook, the same as models, because someone decides to follow them and then complains about the photos. Often they don’t even contain nudity. I see this as an insult to both the model and photographer.

Would it really be so hard for Facebook to have a photo setting that warned it contains nudity? Some blog sites do this for “adult material”, and photo sharing sites, if you’re lucky, will have and adult setting, and if you’re really really lucky, they have a moderate setting too

Now to Google
Google+ are using their Picasa Web Albums for photography. Here’s the relevant part of their terms.

PORNOGRAPHY AND OBSCENITY: 

So simple nudity as art is placed alongside paedophilia, incest, bestiality, and child pornography. And it’s classed alongside commercial pornography. This really doesn’t make sense. I do some work as a life model, and have done for twenty years. If someone wanted to use me for a well lit art nude photo they wouldn’t be able to display it in a Google+ album.
From my personal view i find it extremely offensive that a photograph of me is placed in the same bracket as paedophilia, incest, bestiality, and child pornography.

I posted some experimental art nude photos of myself in a blog on Blogspot. This is run by Google. Some months later i happened to look at Picasa Web Albums and found an album of photos from Blogspot posts. It was publicly viewable, so therefore i was breaking the above terms without even knowing. Blogspot allows you to give a warning that the post may contain nudity, so i thought i’d followed the rules. I tended not to use Picasa as i really don’t like it much, and to find photos from blog posts were public in that way was quite a surprise. Fortunately by not using Picasa then there were hardly any views of the photos, but what if someone had seen them and complained?
Now i think the default setting is private….

I now use Google+ and would like to be able to show art nudes, and also to see what other photographers are doing. There are plenty of us out here that appreciate the art of the human body, so why are we not allowed to be grown ups and both show, and view, art nude photography? All it takes is a way of warning viewers so they don’t have to look if they don’t want to. Is it really that difficult?

Caged!

The body should be free, not a hiden captive!

Caged!

We should have freedom of bodily expression, not be caged!

Related page. Human Figure As Art In Photography

P.T.

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About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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4 Responses to Google, Facebook, Why The Problem With Art Nude Photography?

  1. I was a Art History Major in college and I couldn’t agree with you more. Nudity has been so constrewed due to the current perversion mindset that the media spews. It’s a shame because nudity is art at it’s most natural and primal state!

  2. There is no problem with nude art. People withy an unstable mind manufacture a problem in their head like prudish Google people. They need their eyes plucked out like the bible says. God’s kingdom has what is not yet seen. People who punish people for showing real or representations of genitalia are punishing God in the person who shows it. A godly person is not offended by it. That is why they show it. Satan in a person looking out of them will be offended. Googles attitude who runs Youtube try’s to make a thing bad that is not bad by throwing mud on it with unfriendly words. Google people need to apologize to me.

  3. There is no problem with nude art. People withy an unstable mind manufacture a problem in their head like prudish Google people. They need their eyes plucked out like the bible says. God’s kingdom has what is not yet seen. People who punish people for showing real or representations of genitalia are punishing God in the person who shows it. A godly person is not offended by it. That is why they show it. Satan in a person looking out of them will be offended. Googles attitude who runs Youtube try’s to make a thing bad that is not bad by throwing mud on it with unfriendly words. Google people need to apologize to me. https://plus.google.com/collections/featured?hl=en. Say you are sorry for hating a part that is made by God

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