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Short answer: Every woman!
That includes your girlfriend or wife. Your sister. And even your mother.
What does it mean? Are them all whores who deserve no respect? As long as some viewers may think so, this is not the case.

Nude photography is about beauty. It's about worshipping femaleship. It's about showing the wide spread of such a beauty. It's about showing that beauty comes in every size or color. And it's about empowering women and giving them full control over their bodies.

But most of all, nude photography is about respect. As long as most woman (no matter how much they wanted to) are still afraid to pose for nude shots, there are quite a few who show the courage to display their bodies and face the consequences and judgement for assuming their bare beauty. It's easier when you're an artist yourself, and live in an eviroment where nakedness is tolerated and even encouraged. But many models are just brave women with normal jobs and lives, yet willing to break free from sexist chains and find how beautiful thet really are.

Have it in mind when browsing nude photography on DA or anywhere else and be sure to show respect and admiration for these amazing women.

Check these amazing artworks by some of the finest nude models and photographers in DA. Browse their galleries. And show some respect.

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onphoto Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ver well written and I do absoultely agree with you :)
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endegor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

Thanks a lot for this post!
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Be my guest!
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NumptyMcPillock Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
If only the vast majority of women around here wanted to pose nude like where you are. It would make my life a lot easier!...Well actually it's their BFs & husbands that seem to stop them. Probably the same men who like nothing more than to see other guys partners in the nude.

Otherwise than that i completely agree. It does amaze me that they're so free being nude whilst i'm concerned with looking out for 'visitors' while trying to photograph them (The fun of outdoor nude photography).

Have often thought whether the ones who complain, or think of our works as nothing but masterbation material, should actually go on a shoot to see how unerotic standing in a field of cowshit is, that the only physical contact is a big hug after the shoot's over, & that it takes enormous courage to stand around naked when anyone could literally walk around the corner. Maybe that could open their closed minds?
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Despite of their partners they still WANT to do it.

But I'm sure you can find a lot of single beautiful models
wanting to try some nude art shoots.

You made a good point here: how unerotic it may be to shoot nude!
Concerns about lighting, composition... attention to every single detail...
Locations too hot, too cold, too dusty...
You can't really tell it just looking at the pictures. And it makes me
even prouder of our work... how we (photographers and models) can turn it all
into beauty, poetry and glamour.
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NumptyMcPillock Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I know what you mean. I did an outdoor shoot last weekend. Beautiful clear skies but absolutely freezing cold (it's winter here). I put a summer hat on her head & shot mainly in sepia. It made it look like a beautiful hot summers day. The unglamourous made glamourous.
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inigomontoyastudio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
...And one more thing you're are "Spot on" in your point of view
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inigomontoyastudio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
What an incredible gallery
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Frozenne Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I disagree that every woman wants to pose nude.

I'm sure you've met a different sampling of women than I have. As a female I find it surprising that you would say (in another comment) that every woman you've talked to about the idea of posing nude either wanted to do it but was untrusting of the photographer or wanted to do it but felt too self-conscious. Perhaps this has to do with the culture of where you live/work, or because you instinctively/subconciously know what kind of woman to ask.

Personally, the idea of posing nude is very discomforting. I have no doubt that the photographer would do a good job, no matter what I think of my body; I have trust that the photographer would not suddenly molest me. Yet I still would never do it, not even if I was offered a ridiculously large amount of money.

Perhaps I am a rare case, but I am not even comfortable being nude alone. I abhor the thought of being nude around friends or family. Even my trusted boyfriend is not allowed to see me nude.

What kind of thing would you say to try to convince a woman like me to model?
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TO-JO Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hi sorry i have to ask this questions.
what the hell makes you feel not comfortable being nude alone?
And the boyfriend you talked about, are you in a relationship with him? If yes do you have sex only with switched off lights ore no sex at all?
Please donīt get me wrong, i am only interested.
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PixelPerfectPhotog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
BRAVO BRAVO!!

EXACTLY my view point and focus when shooting!!

Thanks for so eloquently !
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Niemans Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Word!

Do you mind if I translate and "steal" your text and post it on my blog. Sure I will mention you and link to your site. ;)
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
feel free to reblog it! guess these are words we must try to spread.
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Amethyst-Amygdala Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldnīt agree more! :)
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6Persephone9 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I wish that more people shared your sentiments :-). Thank you for your post.
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
It's up to us to spread the word!
It takes time but we can build a better world!
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6Persephone9 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Keep on spreading the word then!
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jochanaan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Amen, brother! :D And I agree that most if not all women would love to pose nude--but there are many who refuse to acknowledge that want because of sociocultural conditioning. Very sad. :-(

And speaking as a Christian who loves nudity and the sight of bare humanity, there is nothing in the Bible against artistic representation of nudity. In fact, the Bible confirms that God made us naked in the beginning, and it was "very good." 8-) (See Genesis 1:31; 2:25)
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Fangled-Robin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Quite rightly you have said treat all models with respect, I am 100% in agreement with you. In my eyes anyone who does not follow this simple rule should be banned permanently from deviant as I imagine it takes a lot for someone to pose nude and share their natural beauty and the last thing they need while being brave and doing this is to be knocked by lack of decency and respect. I take my hat off to anyone who poses nude whatever shape or form and wish we weren't so constrained by society to make nudity a thing to be ashamed of. A Beauty does come in many forms and we all find different elements of beauty so what doesn't appeal to one person doesn't mean it is the case with all, so if you really feel someone is thin or fat or ugly your best bet is to keep it to yourself as ultimately for one it can damage and hirt people to tell them this and secondly is not necessarily the case with everyone.
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ammanda Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
A good question makes a fine newspaper. There are many reasons for people pose nude, those who appreciate art do the best job! Thank you for including my photo !!
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
maybe you could share some of your experience here too.
I've always been curious about you and your models.
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phydeau Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The importance of respect is something that I've been wanting to talk about for a while (specifically because of some of the things I've seen on this site). Indeed, there's a perception that women who pose nude are: (pick and choose among the following) "exhibitionists", "sluts", "crazy", "delusional", "so-hot-that-it's-impossible-for-them-not-to-be-naked", "starving for attention", "caving-in to pressure", "supportive of the degradation of women", "lacking the skill to do anything else" "disgraceful", etc..
It's all related to the belief some people have that all nudity is porn. Now, when it actually does come to porn, some of those descriptors could possibly be true, but even then I still wouldn't make any assumptions.
However, when it comes to art nudes, you're right. I don't know if I'd go so far to say that all women want to pose nude, but certainly every woman wants her beauty to be recognized (men aren't much different). Art nude models are not seeking attention (at least not in the pathological sense). They're not nymphomaniacs. They're not desperate for money and prostituting themselves.

They really could be (and might be for all you know) anyone you met in your interactions today. They're somebody's sister, daughter, wife, mother, aunt . . . And they do it, anyway, for the sake of art, even knowing all the assumptions that some people will have. Some even take real-life risks in career and relationships. That takes some guts. I say If you don't believe me, try it.
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
those are wise words, mate.
hope we may spread thoughts like that.
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RafalBigda Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, I dont't fully agree. Not every woman wants to be shoot nude. I would say - only models or libertine women. Showing bare naked body is to show a part of woman's intimacy. Rather not so much women want to show it. The same situation could be playing in porn movies - everybody do this in his/her bedroom, but rather majority don't want to show it to everybode.

Nude female presented in artistic way is beauty, but this is for women who don't have problems with their intimacy, who want to or are models; this is not dream of each woman.
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm not simply assuming that. That's something I've learnt from experience. With a few exceptions, I don't shoot professional models. When you browse my gallery you're looking at friends of mine, friends of friends and girls who happened to met my work at exhibitions or online. Some of them do have (or at least used to have) problems with their intimacy. Some of them didn't even like their body figure. And obviously they changed their minds after seeing themselves in the pictures.

As of today, every woman I've met showed some interest in posing nude. Of course the majority of them wouldn't make it, but once they're sure everything is done in a respectful and beautiful way
and they're sure the photographer is not a sex fiend with a camera they're read to take this leap of faith. One of two things happens then. Either they confess they've always wanted to do it but lacked the trust in a photographer or they say they've always dreamed of it but lacked the confidence to believe they could look beautiful in a nude portrait. Either way, the common place is that they all wanted to do it. And I'll say it again: I'm not talking about professional models.
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Unbearable-Lightness Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
What an absolutely beautiful and kind post. Everything you say about nude models is true. We risk losing the approval of friends, lovers, and family members; we risk losing our career jobs and professions; we receive rude comments on sites like this. People like you, dear friend, make it all worthwhile with your support and the standard set by your own incredible work.

I am honored to have "The Bedposts" included in this feature and honored to know you virtually. Applause to you for your generosity and all the artists, both photographers and models, featured here for their art :hug:
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your work is inspirational for me and also are your words.
Besides being this incredible model you're an incredible human being sharing a life's experience to your fellow models, artists, photographers and everyone with an open mind for wise advices.
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Unbearable-Lightness Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
And you do this, too. :rose: I hope someday to meet you.
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moonstix Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You for the feature :)
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ehoagland66 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! My sister's picture is in that set! LOL... Just kidding! :)

Nicely put!

q:)
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
If I had the chance to talk to her for 15 minutes, I'm pretty sure it would be. ;)


thanks mate!
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ehoagland66 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe!

:)
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StudioCreations Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very well said, sir! I will try to mimic your eloquence when talking about this subject to the masses.
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm sure you know what I mean!
Thanks for the continued support, pal!
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stefmixo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
:clap::clap::clap:
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Pardilate Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in my opinion nude photography is about truth, openness and vulnerability, whether male or female,, its appreciation of the true self, with no imposed covers.

respect man, everybody deserves it, and everyone should demand it
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
I second every word of yours!
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Pardilate Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks for you time and words, mate!

Either way, art or not, nude models still deserve respect. Moral boundaries can be pushed forward or backwards. And no matter how explict a shot can be, I still think it is sexism to disapprove the women that pose to them.
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aXsKezia Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
I sir, am in 100% agreement. I have one stipulation though. Not ALL nude pictures are art, can rightfully be considered art, or are tasteful. Females are in my opinion the most powerfully beautiful thing on this planet. But it takes more than taking off all your cloths and prancing around with a camera to achieve such beauty and to actually call it art. There's a line, and of course it's different for everybody. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but there absolutely should be a line to where at least everyone can recognize the prized artistic value of the nude female body vs the attention dwelling prancer.

On a lighter note, thank you for all the beautiful art you and your beautiful models provide :) Keep up the fantastic work.
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks for you time and words, mate!

Either way, art or not, nude models still deserve respect. Moral boundaries can be pushed forward or backwards. And no matter how explict a shot can be, I still think it is sexism to disapprove the women that pose to them.
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