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A few things have been bothering me lately. As most of you probably know, I do female-focused portraiture that includes boudoir, outdoor lingerie, fetish-themes, and striking head shots. My original direction was boudoir-specific, but I’ve since dumped that idea and have begun to expand into other realms. Anyway, my aim is to provide beautiful photography of empowered women, or women seeking empowerment. While I’m very happy with with my current progress, I’m a bit irked by things that have begun to crop up. Specifically, how many of the male half of our species enjoy reducing the imagery to comments on breasts and butts. I’m not photographing rears and busts specifically. No, I’m setting a mood, creating themes, and asking each subject to dominate the camera… so I’d hope it would be obvious why reducing it to body parts is extremely annoying.
As you can probably imagine (or maybe you can’t. Whatever the case…), I’ve already had to start worrying about quickly deleting inappropriate comments, despite not having been going in this direction all that long. Some people even have the audacity to request access to private albums of models/clients’ photo shoots (invasion of privacy much?). I can only assume that this will get worse as things move forward.
For those of you who have an eye for photography, you might note that my work isn’t even highly sexual. Sensual – yes, but overtly sexual? I think not. I tend to make a point of capturing women in poses that make them look mysterious, confident, thoughtful, or powerful – in a feminist light. It might be hard for people to wrap their minds around, but my photography is for women, not men. Yes, that’s right. Just because something is feminine and sensual DOES NOT mean its intended for men.
I know a lot of people will say things like, “What did you expect?” or “Just ignore it” or “Who cares?”. With regard to what I expect … while I’ve actually come to have low expectations of people, I still do wish they would interact at a slightly respectable level. As for the ‘who cares’ angle – let me just say that many of us do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a youtube tutorial (for construction DIY a lot of the time) with a female speaker only to find a slew of sick comments like “nice tits” or “hot rack”. These comments will in most situations always be inappropriate so, excuse me while I take offense to these things! It clearly doesn’t matter what sort of art or incredible information we’re trying to share, or what amazing feat we’re doing. The only thing that seems to matter to many people (men in particular) is what our bodies are like, or how our faces range from 1-10. It’s tiring. Very much so.
I know a solution won’t come overnight, next week, or even in the next five years. I’m too realistic to fantasize such things but I would like to say that if you find yourself summing down people/places/things into body parts, it’s time you stop. I mean, really – no one ever comes off as intelligent with of that sort of mindset.
Till next time,