More art nudes of men, please.
Still relevant to my interest too. If you know a photographer who does great male artistic nudes, feel free to chip-in.
Reblogging my own post to be more specific:
More people ought to take art nudes of men….
SO very well said Mr. SLE. I think the last line every time I hear the complaint about ‘lack of male nudes.’
I do wonder about the body image issue though. I personally know male nude (art school) models of easily a dozen body type, age, race ‘combinations.’ Artist love em all. ‘Photogenic females’ are not as common in the art school model realm. We are a rare shortage. I get approached by more males who want to model nude than women. It’s the consumption side that is lacking.
I totally hear you on consumption side of things. That’s a valid but slightly different conversation.
First, though: I’ve been posing nude for a few years now. Anyone who models knows that when searching for work, you have to sift through a HUGE amount of creepy people with seedy motives.
I’ve worked with a ton of genuinely wonderful artists. I’ve also worked with a disproportionate number of male photographers who shoot nude women for reasons that I don’t particularly appreciate. The type who, as the shoot goes on, start trying to lay hands on you and pose you, or use sexualizing language (or even make sexual sounds) towards you. If sexual work is what you want to be shooting, you should be clear about your motives and hire people who will go there with you because they want to be doing it too. Then, cool. Whatever.
But there is a LOT of it. A lot of people with seedy, dishonest motives hiding out under the guise of art. If I sound jaded, that’s because it’s coming from my personal experiences.
I’m straying a little bit, but felt that needed to be said.
I absolutely understand a need to balance the art you’re making with being able to support yourself. I understand the need for a market.
But unfortunately in this case I feel like there’s a little bit of a chicken and the egg thing going on, and it’s part of a larger issue. We’re surrounded by a big giant cultural narrative that applauds a very narrow standard of beauty regardless of gender, and on top of that, a narrative that loves to support the idea of women existing to be decorative and less useful than men. It’s more socially acceptable to want to look at pictures of naked ladies for that reason - because it’s more socially acceptable in our heteronormative society to view women as sexual objects and objects of beauty. <—— this paragraph could start an entirely different conversation about misogyny (which screws over EVERYONE) and power structures, but again, slightly different conversation, and I could write a book, and I can’t be here all night.
You’re 1,000% right about the pressures surrounding men’s bodies, also. I don’t think that’s a thing that gets talked about enough.
But anyway, I think in order to change the way those markets are stacked, we need to work on changing the narrative, and in my mind that means putting MORE out there. MORE of a variety. Men, people of non-binary gender, people of different sizes and proportions, people with all sorts of faces.
I want more thoughtful, well crafted, beautiful art made of all types of humans, and I want more people to be exposed to it, and I want more people to recognize themselves in it and realize ways they can be beautiful in ways that they hadn’t thought of before. I want more people to step up and force folks to challenge their ideas of what beauty can be.
Because I think the more of that happens, the more of a market art like that will create for itself.
That kind of change has to start somewhere. There are a lot of great artists out there workin it. I just wish there were more.