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I love that you can see the photographer is nude as well. As it should be.
Technology, once released into the “wild”, takes on a life of its own - finds new purpose and uses. What is this process called? Anyone? I believe it may be called, "Social adaptation" or "Social adaptation of technology".
I think of it in terms of temptation (sort of). What is with all the “tation” words tonight? It is like the old saying about not being able to trust a kid in a candy store; well, that may be true but is it “giving in” to a temptation or simply finding new ways to enjoy it, use it and express our human essence with it?
If the same group of candy kids was placed in a room with nothing but a camera and told to use it however they wished, how long would it take them to begin undressing and taking pictures? Especially if they had no experience with nudity, but were told a few basic things about the camera’s operation.
Would the temptation to take whatever kind of photographs they wished lead to "discovery" or exploration of nude photography? Would they be inhibited by social conditioning? Would telling them nobody else would view the printed photographs EXCEPT the participants in the room make a difference? - I believe there are all sorts of potential outcomes to this scenario!
Today, we have the rise of the "Selfie" and the word has been granted official status by way of inclusion on at least one major lexicon of language and definitions. Hurray! Only it is not a new concept by any means! People have quite literally been experimenting with self-photography for generations.
Now we know people have also loved taking photographs of themselves doing just about everything imaginable for many years, and the evidence of this is all around us! Are we to be condemned for it? Is the taking of self portraits the height of vanity and self-indulgence? Or are we perhaps seeking to confirm something of our own existence?
Finally, please also consider “Why nudes?” What makes this a special sort of photography for us? Where is the deeper meaning of it, and is it more than just something we do for fun? - To me that is a tough question to answer. A philosophical question and a contemplative question - because you do realize there are people in the world that believe capturing an image of the nude self on film is probably an offense to God. An act worthy of being stoned to death over. Seriously.
In the end we are not here forever, we are but delicate creatures of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and various trace metals. I believe we are not angels or demons, not saints or sinners, just people - something in between the “good” and “evil” extremes. And if this is what we are, if this is ALL we are, can we not find a common ground upon which all innocent behavior is worthy of acceptance? All exploration, all discovery, and most experimentation is simply a means of searching for meaning - purpose - and justification for being.
~ Centauri4, “Naturism as a Way of Living” (on tumblr)