Another problem with

family pictures can be nudity. As parents we
get used to seeing our young kids without clothes. Few of us see any real
problem with photographing our own children at bath time or sprawling nude on a
rug, but the authorities may. There have been a number of cases where processing
Laboratory staff have contacted authorities over pictures they have found. In the UK one
television personality found herself being charged by law enforcement and her name
splashed over the papers, although the case was finally dropped.
Sally Mann
Most photographers at least will be knowledgeable about the excellent work of Sally Mann,
large-format photographs made in collaboration with her youthful and often naked
Kids. Again her work has raised criticism from many who’ve regarded it as
exploitation of her children, although I find this difficult to take seriously.
Definitely individuals who are acting improperly towards their offspring are
to publish photographic evidence.
Mann’s work is amazing, and reveals a good deal about the feelings and love in
her family, both between her and her kids and also in the relationships
between them. It is hard to comprehend how anyone can find this offensive. It’s
Strong and moving work that gives a positive and enriching perspective of life.
Yet we do need to be conscious that there are folks around who take a more
negative view, and also laws that we should take notice of. There are also sick
Individuals who may view pictures of child nudity in distinct manners to us. It is an
area where some caution is needed as to what is shown and where.
Many other photographers have also worked with their own families. Among those
whose work seems to me to be most powerful are Emmett Gowin and Nick Waplington (see

box, top right.)
Do not miss out
Yet I’d believe I had missed an opportunity if I had not photographed the
events in my life when my children were young – and a part of this are all the
activities of parenthood, bathing, feeding, changing and so on. These are a part
of my photographic archive, although there are probably some that I would need
to keep confidential among friends and family for various reasons. Others I am joyful
to show in public.
Nudity as revealed in pictures like this is infrequently unacceptable, as neither the
faces nor any genital regions of the subjects are revealed. ( Peter Marshall, 1980)
Holiday times give us more time with friends and families, and the approach of a
Fresh year is traditionally a time for reflection and the making of resolutions.
Folks are more significant than anything else in , and our families
and friends absolutely the most significant. It appears natural they should have an
Significant part in the work of any photographer. For me they have been the
starting point for an exploration of photography that’s led me out in many and
Diverse directions.
Body painting is a type of expression
used by folks who enjoy to be naked to convey feelings and ideas about the
human body by using the body itself as the canvas. Such notions may occasionally be
of a sexual nature, but that is only a little part of the possible range of
thoughts that can be expressed in this manner.
It shouldn’t be very
surprising that people who enjoy to be naked also like to paint bodies or have
their own painted. It truly is a reasonably common pastime at nudist/naturist assemblies
and events, and other joyful occasions where nude people are located.
A naked body makes a
pretty good canvas for creative expression. Actually, the increased possibilities
for self expression that are possible when one does not wear clothing form
Among the chief attractions of being nude for some people.
What people who are
interested in the body as an expressive medium have in common with those who
just like to be nude is a specific attitude towards the body. An attitude that
is more detached and objective than “regular”. An approach that tolerates, without
flinching, the body for what it is, and then uses it to realize new theories of
Is body painting an sensual
thing? Clearly, it can be, just as particular selections in clothes can be erotic.
Nonetheless, it need not be any more lusty than other, non-sensual sorts of
Respect of the body for its own benefit.
Make Up Artist
As a Make-up Artist and
Body painter I believe it is significant that you consider the Health and Safety
Facet of what you are doing. Some of the remarks are advocating non-cosmetic
art supplies and products to be used on the skin. This is an extremely unadvisable
thing to do. I have approached many art supplies producers and been told in
no uncertain terms that the products are NOT safe for use on human skin!
Cosmetic products (like Mehron, Kryolan, Fardel and Grimas Body and Face
paints) have conformed to US and EC regulations for cosmetic products.
Using art merchandises on a
model which have not been analyzed and OK’d could lead to a hefty law suit
landing on your lap if the model develops contact dermatitis as a result or