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artistic nude modeling

I posted a while back about how I model nude, and how I was wanting to share that with someone I respect but I was afraid of what ze might think. One person responded by saying that ze shouldn't judge me either way, that nude modeling was just what I did, not who I was.

But it is who I am -- a very important part of who I am, at least. I believe that everything you do shapes who you are -- especially in the realm of creation.

Nude modeling is an art form, and it is perhaps the one dearest to my heart. I am not sure if I love beadweaving or nude modeling more -- they both are expressions of who I am. Some models are just mannequins, paid to stand in front of the camera and follow posing directions -- and that's still art, but the only artist involved is the photographer. I am an artist. I pour myself out for the camera to capture; I have an instinct for posing; I share more than one facet of myself with the camera. I am not as good as I will one day be, but I do have a talent for it. It's my art. Of course the photographer is of equal importance in the creating of images, but ze is not the only artist.

Art is supposed to bring about good in some way. It's supposed to cause you to think more deeply or feel something new or simply be touched by beauty. Artistic nudity, whether it is in the form of a painting or a photograph, has the purpose of glorifying the human body, showing its beauty. The art nude captures the whole essence of the subject and makes it more, gives it additional meaning. A model feels uplifted, empowered; her/his beauty is being not only respected but almost revered. I know that when I model I feel like I am glowing, like I am more than usual, and it is that 'more' that is seared onto the negatives. I come away feeling as if I have grown, as if I have been given a gift of believing in myself.

Read before you click! This is a not work safe semi-abstract nude by zancro -- it shocked me at first, but after I got over my surprise I was fascinated by the beauty of it. Some may find it offensive, just warning you.

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steviepate ══╣╠══
Do you model nude professionaly or just for yourself? Regardless I think its a great expression of yourself, and its a beautiful thing. If nude modelling is who you are thats not a problem. All humans are nude, we just wear clothes. Its natural and breathtaking to do what you do.. Just my thoughts...
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
I model just for myself, as an expression of creativity. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. ;-)
aliasmichelle ══╣╠══
I think nude modeling is a beautiful artform. As a female, I don't think there is anything more beautiful than the female body.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
I also find the female body to be incredibly beautiful. The human body is beautiful, male and female, but for some reason the female body just seems more artistic to me.
walsingfolk ══╣╠══
I find nude modeling to be very artistic and tasteful. it is an artform and should be viewed as such.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
agreed! ;-)
boobiequeen ══╣╠══
I briefly mentioned something to my mother about possibly doing an artistic nude photo shoot, sometime in my life...she was surprisingly (to me) very receptive to the idea. I think she's just happy about the fact that I'm getting comfortable enough with my body to do something like that. I would never even consider nude photography as something for someone like me...I always thought you had to "discovered" by a photographer, or something like that. You've been a great inspiration to me and a boatload of others (lookit all of your LJ buddies!) you know that your art has brought out the good in someone! *hugs*
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
Wow, that's awesome that your mother is so open-minded. My parents don't know and I don't intend them to know! Not yet anyway, hopefully I'll get up the courage to face their (likely) criticism soon...

And thank you! I'm glad that I might have had an effect on making you more comfortable in your skin. ;-)
writer_lilies ══╣╠══
Eep! My eyes! Just kidding. Actually I'd do nude modeling too if someone asked me and I knew they weren't shady. Hell, I have enough pudge and skin details to be an artists dream. Lol.

Don't worry about what other people think. If your husband is fine with it, then that guy really has no say in what you choose to do. It's not like it's porn and I know you'd never even consider that in the small amount of time I've known you. If this person has known you longer, then they should also understand.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
Thank you, that was encouraging to read. ;-)
kevloid ══╣╠══
I believe that everything you do shapes who you are

me too - absolutely. everyone should have a sign that says 'you are what you do' on the back of their door, so they see it just before they go out into the world.

I love your attitude about yourself. :-) and I didn't know that the photographer wasn't directing you.

someone else on my list is entering one of those sleazy bar beauty contests, and she just posted about how seeing the 'nasty' (her word) women she'd be competing against made her feel all good about herself. :-/ I'm reading this and saying out loud 'wrong! that's just so wrong' to the computer. this isn't really related to your post - I'm just commenting on the huge contrast between the two of you. you don't need to be 'miss' anything to know you're beautiful.
darkpool ══╣╠══
After all if it's not what you do that shapes who you are then what is it that does? What you say? Hardly. That's why people always say it's "What you do, not what you say."
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belenen ══╣╠══
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shespoke ══╣╠══
I see it as an art form too. I'm glad that you take part in it, especially if it helps your inner being. More power too you.

PS. Have I ever told you how pretty you are?
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
awwww, thank you! *feels pretty*
aubkabob ══╣celes╠══
wow, very artfully done. i love the use of color.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
me too.

I had to look at it like three times before I could get past the subject to see the art in it. sadly, a lot of the people who commented on that post didn't seem to get past the subject at all.
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lilerthkwake ══╣╠══
I think nude art is beautiful. Abstractly, artisticly, beautiful. And through the nude you can comment on societal attitudes, sexuality, body image, blah blah blah blahblah. I've considered posing nude myself.

Thanks for linking to that pic. It's gorgeous. Vagina Power!
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
You should definitely try it. Modeling nude for art students is very cool too, though a lot more taxing because you have to hold still so long.
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
I've always felt the human body was a thing of beauty. I feel like, if the Gods or God, whichever you believe, created us, than in his/her/their eyes, we're a beautiful creation. Besides that, it just is nice to look at.

I totally beleive nude modelling, when done right, can be very empowering for someone.

As for that pic - it didn't offend me at all. I can see how others would be O.o over it but i think it's time we, as asociety, reconnected with the human body and stopped beig so socked by it and even afraid to talk and look at it.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
i think it's time we, as a society, reconnected with the human body and stopped beig so socked by it and even afraid to talk and look at it.

My thoughts exactly. ;-)
paperwings21 ══╣╠══
Nidity is one of those things that could get people debating for hours.

Personally, I think that nude art (if done tastefully) can be very beautiful because I think nudity is beautiful. It just so... natural.
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
I think so too. My favorite nudes tend to be the outdoor ones, because it is so obviously natural, the nude and the landscape.
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belenen ══╣passionate╠══
I have indeed thought about all of that. To me, it boils down to this: if I thought it was wrong, I should obviously keep it to myself. And if I really think it is right and beautiful, then why would I hide it? I know that I am not responsible for anyone's choices except mine, and if a man sees a nude photo of me he has a choice -- to lust or to see the beauty of the human body. And I am not responsible for which choice he makes. Some will argue that a man 'can't help' but lust when he sees a photo of a nude woman, but that's a lie. There is always a choice. The Bible says that there is always a way out of temptation.

There is a lie that is very prevalant nowadays -- the lie that men can't control their sexual impulses. Some use this as an excuse for porn and some even take it as far as to use it as an excuse for rape. A man is in charge of his reactions, and if he is weak then he is responsible for not allowing himself the temptation. That is one of the reasons that there is a warning when opening my photography page -- it allows men who know they are weak in the area of lust to stay away from temptation.

I believe my art is pure and beautiful and godly, and I refuse to hide it merely because it could possibly be misused.
streaked_beauty ══╣╠══
That was an awesome picture. I liked how the colors were done and the texture of it stood out.

belenen ══╣artistic╠══
that's what I thought too! ;-)
chriswoozer ══╣╠══
Nude modeling
I just came across this old post of yours (it's late, my head hurts, I can't sleep) and had to reply. I do some nude modeling too; I have a very talented friend known for his photography, particularly of nudes, who will shoot me any time I wish. Like you, I find that it IS part of who I am. It is an outlet and a way to truly express a part of me that long had to hide, and I've become a fuller person because of it. Here's to us, and to the photographers who allow us this expression! Thanks for your post. Keep sharing!
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