When in bloom, sunflower fields attract more Instagrammers than insects. Some of them overstep their boundaries, so the owners of a sunflower farm in the UK recently had to issue an unusual request. They put up signs asking people not to take nude shots in their field.
If you’ve scrolled through any social media feed recently, you’ve probably seen at least 32 AI-generated portraits that look like cartoonish versions of your friends. It’s all because of Lensa, an AI portrait app that surged in popularity almost overnight. And while it’s all fun and games on the outside, the hyped app has a dark side that we’re slowly beginning to discover.
As some users have noticed, Lensa seems to be inherently misogynic and makes women’s portraits overly sexualized, even when they’re created from just photos of a face. But it gets worse. It appears to be easy to trick the app into generating NSFW content. This leads to realistic, nonconsensual nudes of pretty much anyone, including both adults and children.
Scrolling through my Facebook (soon TikTok) feed yesterday, a saw a post my friend shared. It was about a website that sells nude photos of women for $1, but there’s a catch – none of those women exist. Similar to these portraits or these cameras, all of the nude women are AI-generated.
Like a hamster running frantically inside its little wheel, my brain started processing this information and I spent the rest of the day thinking about it. AI-generated nudes… Why? When? How? I was kind of disgusted and impressed at the same time and I knew I had to write about it. I gave it a good thought and now I want to present you with two things. First, the very fact that AI-generated nudes exist, and second, my opinion on the whole thing.
Photographer David Paul Larson recently came under fire after a chat with a model who asked him not to publish her nude photo. It’s a very tricky case, where the photographer has all the legal right to use the image. But after he ignored the model’s plea not to include her image, the community reacted fiercely.
Is erotic photography the same as porn? Is it something to be ashamed of? Even though it’s been around for ages, there are still many myths about this genre. In this video, photographer and writer Anete Lusina addresses some of the most common misconceptions about erotic photography. If you shoot it and you’re in any way insecure about your work, this is a must-watch.
Teenage years are a tricky period made almost entirely of rebellious acts and bad decisions. Some of the latter could include taking nude photos and sharing them with the wrong people. But Tone Mobile has a potential solution to this. The Japanese company has launched Tone e20, a cheap phone that uses AI to recognize nudes. If your kid snaps an inappropriate selfie, the phone will recognize it and automatically delete it.
Photographer Marcus Hyde, who worked with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian, was recently accused of sexual misconduct. It all started when Los Angeles-based model Sunnaya Nash shared screenshots of a conversation with him, where he offered a free photoshoot only if she sends him nude photos first. After Sunnaya went public, a few more women spoke out about the same (or worse) treatment they allegedly received from Hyde.
An example of my teammate Clinton Lofthouse showed us how a single photo can cause a flood of hilarious trolling on Facebook. This happened recently in a houseplant hobbyist group after a guy posted a shirtless selfie with an orchid he’d just bought. This quick snapshot caused some users to get dramatic over “posting porn to the group.” As a result, other members started trolling them by posting their own nude selfies with houseplants.
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.
A side project from his typical work as a high end editorial photographer, French artist Julien Vallon has created a series of nude art photographs that deviate from the more traditional posed portraits that dominate the genre. In Vallon’s Pre-Conscience/Conscience (or, for the sake of brevity, PCS/CS), the photographer has formed a way to capture “the free movement beyond logic, will, thought and conformity, to release the beauty.”
Inspired by the psychology of Carl Jung and his studies of the human psyche and collective unconscious, Vallon explains his own effort as a “a long reflection on subconscious movement”.