Fred Holland Day’s work. I succeeded on every level to create this style of image. In structure, light fall off, and soft focus beauty on the flat paper.
I called the kid back and told him what a remarkable image I had created of him and I immediately knew something was wrong by the tones of his voice. He did not want to see the image and did not want to work again because he had shown the image to his boyfriend who said it was pornographic and did not think he should lower himself to the standards of creating porn. I was stunned and shocked. It really got me questioning, what are the distinctions between art and pornography? It has been an image that has haunted me most of my photographic career. In my minds eye I had created a remarkable piece of art yet someone else sees it as pornographic? Because there is a penis in the image does that constitute porn? In a sense this kind of hurt me because I felt like I was heading in a positive direction and it made me fearful of asking anyone to pose naked again. If people deem what I am doing was porn, I would get that kind of reputation it will kill any chances of finding models to work with in our small town. It also put doubt in my approach and stirred a question in the back of my mind every time I worked toward nude images. I took me a long time to ask someone to pose nude again, and it’s still in the back of my head as I work toward these images. The kid never saw the final image and I put it away in a box to be lost with lots of other worthless images I created.
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