The welfare/interests of art and photography models

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Because of my poor eyesight I don’t use live models and have a tendency not to think overly much about their profession. However a lot of artists and photographers do. Hence when I read a post by a model called It’s not Porn it got me thinking.

Firstly, what was the post about. Well, the points I took away are that if you are a life model then:

  • you will get people who contact you for soft porn (maybe even hard porn though it was not mentioned) instead of figure modelling
  • don’t do webcam posing
  • always thoroughly check out the credentials of prospective clients

As Chelsea has done an eloquent post on this topic, I won’t repeat her words in detail. Obviously without models such as Chelsea then many artists would not have a visual reference.

Hence I wonder whether the artists/photographers among my followers have anything to add? Or opinions to express?

Greg

 

 

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11 Comments


  1. Hi Greg, it is very interesting to read about chelsea’s experiences. I have explored a similar theme from an artist’s perspective on my own blog, which you can read here https://nipperandtyke.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/well-thats-annoying-or-a-bit-of-a-rant/comment-page-1/#comment-36 fascinating how confused people sometimes become between art and pornography!
    I am very lucky to have the opportunity to draw wonderful models at my life drawing group, there is a great connection between us artists and the model. Thanks to all you life models out there for sharing this with us.

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    1. I remember reading and liking that post of yours. I completely agree with you about the strangeness of that confusion. I can only put it down to the fact that some people are incapable of seeing things within context. The same human body over a course of 24 hours can be something that does work (manual or other), something that nurtures children, something that facilitates comfort or companionship, something that is aesthetically pleasing and also something that is an object of desire. The body, however, does not change in 24 hours. So it is the context that makes the difference. But, unfortunately, some souls cannot see that. For them a naked body is simply an object of lust. How sadly limiting.

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  2. Very interesting, I have to admit though, this isn’t the first instance I’ve heard of this.

    I have a friend who, like me does animation. He does a lot of character sculpting. With his models, he will sculpt them nude, mainly because he makes different sets of clothing for them. This makes it easier, when switching things.

    He’s been accused several times of creating cartoon/3D porn. Which is surprising since he has actually never done it. He’s gotten so many comments like that, he only shares his renders with a few people which is a shame. To add, he never sculpts the private parts, except for the breast.

    Still sad to see in any art form.

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  3. Yep and I fear attitudes like this will get worse. :(

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  4. Many of the girls I’ve worked with have experienced similar, and I’ve had a few questionable exchanges as a female photographer myself.

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    1. It’s sad isn’t it.

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  5. Your post made me think of PreRaphaelites and Surrealists, some of whom abused their models. When I was at university, a seedy “photographer” (former student?) would proposition women to model for him but then try to get them to do more.

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    1. Human beings never fail to disappoint. Well, perhaps I am being overly harsh. A lot a really nice, but as soon as the opportunity to exploit someone in some way comes along we do see people’s true colours :( Oh well, I guess its up to us to be different. We cannot control others but we can control ourselves :)

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    1. True. I guess people are flawed :(

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