Courage, perseverance, professionalism, talent and the ability to ignore and unequivocally filter out unprofessional remarks. These are the 5 most important qualities, which in my opinion, allow me to Create nude art photography.
Yes, nude art. Why not nature? Why not scenery? Why not something else? What’s so special?
Is it at all possible? To love ourselves but be embarrassed by our bodies? And is it possible that Adam and Eve traversed an exhausting route full of obstacles to intellectual development only to return to their origins and basic understanding?
True, somewhere over the years, society as whole and as individuals has progressed, developed and devoted itself to understanding that less accepted professions and trades, have become gender neutral and legitimate. Nonetheless, something in the word nude causes people to ask, to fear, perhaps even to shrink. And why? Really this is our most archaic common denominator, at the end of the day, it is the only element, which remains unifying, connecting and enveloping us all, as a population, as members of the same species, in and of itself the fact that we are all built on a single physiological level, to the level of instinct, senses, and yes, even desire. If so, why after all social development, do we still react in a certain way to the word nude, and concepts around it? Is it possible that the more we develop intellectually and understandingly, the more closed we become to our basic elements? And is the answer to all these question as simple as the story of Adam and Eve?
Why, therefore, do we feel the need so strongly to justify our relationship and closeness to nudity? As a profession? As a basic desire, or as a physical sense? What is so taboo in this thing that is common to us all that makes it all too often offensive?
As a student at art school, I learned more than once, that in order to use and present nude art in photography, there must be a good enough reason, justification without which, the vision you wanted to reflect, will not work, and the observer, did not understand what the artist wanted. But what if the reason for nudity is nudity? What if the reason for creating Art which presents uncovered skin , is to make our reaction to nudity accessible, and in fact puts a mirror in front of us, and the unequivocal understanding of our relationship with the word NUDE, and its meaning
I developed my view of the subject during years of professionalization in the Nude art photography field.Over time, I have come to understand both how people recoil from the words nude art, or nudity in general, and I also encountered the same questions, asking me to explain and justify why I am drawn to an area that is so controversial.
I cannot say that I have arrived at unambiguous answers to all of the questions. Nevertheless, I have found, that as we as a society and environment recoil from nudity as a legitimate form of use, we also yearn for the same justification we demand from those who use it, and during my long search to understand the issue, I have decided that the basic component in the images I create, will be lack of experience and contact of those photographed with this area. Therefore, I never use professional nude art models, but women, who turn to me, out of a desire to understand, investigate and reconcile themselves to the status of exposure, the status of the camera, and the uncompromising therapy that accompanies photography.
That is always the first sentence in any self-help book, empowerment film and happy life guides. Does to love yourself refer to loving your nature? Your work status? Your family status? Socio-economic? Does the sentence perhaps refer to all those, but not to the simplest – to love your body? The vessel that contains our existence? Is it at all possible? To love ourselves but be embarrassed by our bodies? And is it possible that Adam and Eve traversed an exhausting route full of obstacles to intellectual development only to return to their origins and basic understanding?
To love our bodies and ourselves.
Nofar Horovitz – Photography artist