Deleting Images

I feel I need to write about this just because it bothers me.

I just got a call from a model who had worked with me a while ago. She is a very dear friend and I’ve known her a long time. I am withholding her name for her own safety. She asked me to delete images of her from my websites. She had explained that it wasn’t anything I did nor did she have any problems with the work we did. In fact she made a point to mention how much she enjoys my art and how much she has enjoyed working with me. The problem is with other people who can’t discern the difference between art and porn. It is because of these other people who are causing her emotional pain and harassment in her regular life.

The fact that she wants them removed doesn’t really bother me. What does bother me is that in this day and age there are people who would cause harm or pain to a person who once participated in the creation of nude art.

There are kids killing each other all over the world, The AIDS epidemic still rages on. Poverty, hunger, homelessness are still rampant all over the world, and my niece who is four years old watches more programs containing violence than love. What have we done that our world is so screwed up? How is it that people see an image containing nudity and scream porn instead of beauty? Why is it that people assume that just because a woman poses nude that she is of low morals? or worse yet that she is not worthy of a good quality of life?

I believe that artists are of a higher mindset. Not that we’re better than non-artists but that we are striving to make the world a better and more beautiful place through our art. Trying to bring meaning into our own lives but also putting forth a message of peace, love and understanding into a cold and violent world. Is that such a bad thing?

I am sad today but ultimately my beliefs on nude art are strengthened through this. I just hope that she is okay and no harm will come to her. she is an amazing woman and I wish her all the best in her life.

Feel free to comment on this. I’d be interested to hear from both sides on this issue.

Aloha,
Jason Tag

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