[Paleopsych] nudity

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Sat Oct 29 02:52:25 UTC 2005

Mapplethorpe has been a subject of considerable
meditation for me as a photographer.

The question is, how can you let it all hang out
without destroying yourself in the process?

Some of us fear our power because we know
how potentially destructive it is.  It's a challenge
to figure out how to release it without breaking

Steve H.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org
[mailto:paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org]On Behalf Of Euterpel66 at aol.com
  Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 7:18 PM
  To: paleopsych at paleopsych.org
  Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] nudity

  In a message dated 10/28/2005 6:53:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
anonymous_animus at yahoo.com writes:
    Lorraine says:
    >>Maybe I have missed something, but what about
    ART? Every Friday a model poses nude for four hours
    for me Some of them are strong women insisting on
    certain conditions. An acquaintance draws her nudes
    from Playboy.<<

    --That's an example of how agreement upon a frame
    influences perception of what's in it. The "artistic
    nude" frame renders anything in it culturally
    acceptable, even highbrow. The "porn" frame can put
    the same content in a totally different light. The
    same individual can have two sets of "eyes", depending
    on the setting, other observers, and contextual cues.
    Some artists enjoy playing with the boundary lines
    between frames, turning porn into art and vice versa.
    It seems difficult for most people to intentionally
    shift their interpretation, and it's relatively easy
    to convince them that something is art or trash, just
    by surrounding the object with signs commonly
    associated with one context or the other. Perception
    is malleable, and most people aren't very comfortable
    with ambiguity, preferring situations where they know
    in advance which set of eyes to use.


  Yes, that true Michael. Take Mapplethorpe for example

  For Lynn> Pictures

  Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
  ---Andre Gide

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