For its 2018 Swimsuit Issue, Sports Illustrated has taken a path quite different from its traditional route. For the project titled “In Her Words,” the magazine didn’t pose models in swimsuits. Instead, they’ve launched fully nude, unedited, black and white images of models, with messages to society written on their bodies. The project features women of all shapes and sizes, and it has caused a lot of reaction, both positive and negative.
The upcoming March issue of British Vogue features Gigi and Bella Hadid on the front and back cover. However, the photo inside the magazine, where the sisters are posed together, has recently shocked the public. Hadid sisters are posed completely nude in a pose that many people described as “distasteful,” “gross” and even “sick.”
Last year, photographer Howard Kennedy got under fire because of a nude photoshoot inside the 17th century Craigievar Castle. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), who owns the castle, started an investigation after revealing the nude photos Kennedy shot inside of it. However, the photographer has now decided to fight back. Reportedly, he is suing NTS for damaging his personal reputation and seeks £50,000 in libel damages.
Keeping photos off social networks by sending them to a social network? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, as crazy as it may sound, this is an attempt from Facebook and an Australian government agency to prevent sharing sensitive images without the subject’s permission. The goal is to take action before the nude images are posted online instead of taking them down after they’re already published. All you need to do is send nudes via Facebook… to yourself.
We’ve seen AI used for grouping photos before. A new app named Nude does it too – but it’s focused on the “naughty” photos. If you have any NSFW images on your mobile device, this app promises to automate the process of finding them and hiding them from prying eyes.
According to the description, the app will analyze your camera roll to detect sensitive material. It will then be imported to the app and deleted from your camera roll and iCloud. So, letting an app inspect your private photos, what could possibly go wrong?
We all know how important social media platforms are these days for promotion our brand. In the case of Australian blogger, Jessa O’Brien, (a.k.a. thenudeblogger), that platform is Instagram. With over 43,000 followers, it’s certainly helping her to get her blog out in front of an audience. But she hit a snag when Instagram shut down her account.
Instagram parent, Facebook, has a fairly strict “no nudity” policy. So, it wasn’t really all that much of a surprise. But, on Instagram, things seem to be fairly inconsistent with how this policy is enforced. Many of us know somebody who’s been through this, or have been through it ourselves. To add to the confusion of what is and isn’t allowed, Jessa’s account has now been reinstated.
The Art Series Hotel Group from Australia offers their visitors quite a unique package. From May 1 to June 15, all the guests will be able to get nude, strike a pose and have a team of artists turn them into a masterpiece.
The “No Robe package,” as they call it, allows guests to pose in front of the artists who will capture their beauty on canvas. But for the shy ones who can’t stand the thought of posing nude in front of the strangers, there’s another solution – the camera. The hotel sends a specialized camera to the guest’s room, they take a photo, and the artists later turn it into a drawing.
Instagram will soon show the newest feature, in an attempt to resolve the issue of “sensitive content.” A few days from now, what people report as the “sensitive” post will appear blurred and you’ll have to manually uncover it by tapping it. It seems useful, but there are some points to discuss. Will this raise the level of censorship on Instagram? And who can tell what’s “sensitive” and what isn’t?
When it comes to nude photography, respect and decorum are the words of the day. Even for professional models that are used to working nude in front of the camera, you certainly don’t want to offend or embarrass them, or come across as just plain creepy.
So if you’re ever asked to assist on a nude shoot, or even if you’re the photographer, this video from Japanese Neko TV shows us how one absolutely should not act on such a shoot. Don’t be like this guy.
So frequently within society, whether by conscious decision or not, we tend to look upon wounded veterans with pity, if for no other reason than to satiate our on insecurities. But many of them simply want to retain their dignity and show the world that they are still powerful, viable humans beings and that not even the voice of death can stop them.
That is exactly what Los Angeles-based photographer Michael Stokes set out to do when he conceived the idea for Always Loyal. The image series and upcoming photo book is a rather unique way of paying tribute you to those who have literally given of themselves in the defense of others.
(Warning: Potentially-offensive images after the jump.)