Tag Archives: photography

Evolution or Devolution?

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When it come to erotic art, it is very apparent that the world, as opposed to advancing in mentality, has significantly receded. This recent article published in “The Times of Israel” bears witness to this fact: READ HERE

This is presumably not least of all due to the influence of modern day religion (and by modern day I am referring to everything within this past 2000 years or so) who teach that everything pertaining to sexuality or even simple nudity, is evil or dirty. In-fact, if one were to follow the teachings of modern day religion, it’s amazing there are any people!

Facebook themselves are a perfect example of draconian mentality when it comes to such subject matter.

Not so the case with the world’s ancient cultures, who not only embraced nudity and sexuality, but in many cases also worshipped it, especially in an artistic context.

So much for evolution, it seems to me that the modern world is in “devolution” when it comes to this subject!

Myself excluded of course, as is demonstrated by some of my more controversial works, such as the following (ATTENTION, NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK IF BEING VIEWED IN 2014, BUT PERFECTLY OK IN 2000BC AND BEFORE!).

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Chez Claude . . .

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The editorial series “Chez Claude” shot back in 2006, consists of 140 images destined for book publication (details will be provided in due course). However, the entire series is also being made available as limited edition artworks, each available as an edition of 5 (+2 AP).

Archival black and white pigment prints on Baryta paper. Standard print dimensions are 60cm x 40cm (24” x 16”). Both larger or smaller print sizes are available upon request. Regardless of print size, the number of editions of each image will be strictly limited to 5. Each print is signed, dated and numbered verso and issued with Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. Available through selective representatives globally (contact me for specific enquiries).

The entire series of 140 images can be viewed HERE (displayed using the recently updated HTML presentation, now viewable on any platform).

The European Month of Photography

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As published in AAD earlier this month, this article provides you with an insight into The European Month of Photography, but more specifically Paris, where Paris Photo and Fotofever run in parallel. The full  article can be found HERE

Fine Art Photograpy vs. Commercial Photography

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My latest article entitled “Fine Art Photography vs. Commercial Photography” has just been published on the AAD blog.  You can find the full article HERE.

Workshop – Erotic Photography As A Fine Art

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I am pleased to announce that in collaboration with Expo-Arts Global Foundation, I will be hosting a second workshop (the details of the other can be read in the previous blog post), which is a 3 day event, again in the region of Puglia, Italy, but in this case covering the subject matter ”Erotic Photography As A Fine Art”. The workshop will run from 4th to 6th October 2013.

As with the other event, we are offering an all inclusive residential package 3 nights accommodation in a typical Pugliese Masseria (farm house), and will include all food and beverage, enabling the participants to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the region (including the wines).

Full details of the package can be found in the detailed brochure, which can be viewed and downloaded via this link: EPAAFA_pugliaKindly note, as stated on the first page, the content of the brochure is intended for adults only.

As with the other workshop, this event was also originally scheduled for August, but due to severe limitations on accommodation, we have in this case rescheduled for October, as per the dates above.

Workshop – Photography As A Fine Art

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I am pleased to announce that in collaboration with Expo-Arts Global Foundation, I will be hosting a 5 day workshop in the region of Puglia, Italy, covering all aspects of “Photography As A Fine Art”.

The workshop will run from 23rd to 27th September 2013. We are offering an all inclusive residential package including 6 nights accommodation in a typical Pugliese Masseria (farm house), and will include all food and beverage, enabling the participants to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the region (including the wines).

Full details of the package can be found in the detailed brochure, which can be viewed and downloaded via this link: PAAFA_puglia.

Kindly note that the workshop was originally being scheduled for August, but due to severe limitations on accommodation, we have rescheduled for September, as per the dates above.

 

 

Changes In The Photographic Art Market

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Cosplay from an edition of 5.

My latest article entitled “”Changes In The Photographic Art Market” can be found on the Art, Antiques and Luxury Design blog (AAD) via this link. Enjoy!

Editions: Yes or No?

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Seemingly, it is a contentious subject, but in reality it shouldn’t be!  My latest article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog as published on 12 July 2013 can be read HERE.

Will Facebook’s Obscenity Police Ever Accept Photos as Art?

Yet another article on this subject matter, which can be read here: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/889699/will-facebooks-obscenity-police-ever-accept-photos-as-art#comment-423084.  In response, I have written a long and detailed comment which can also be read here-under:-

“I have read this subject matter on numerous occasions, the content of which is primarily repetitive, as the issue is always the same. Primarily, Facebook not only have no understanding of the arts, they also have no interest. The owners and the management give the impression of being uncouth and uncultured, so is it any wonder that such issues exist.

Facebook only address such issues after the event (and then only for the select few, as Facebook are essentially impossible to communicate with!). The statement above wherein you write that Facebook’s Frederic Wolens quoted Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde as an example, is amusing to say the least, and simply demonstrates a limited repertoire of excuses.

I am well acquainted with both Frode Steinicke and Luc Wouters and extremely familiar with the absurdity of the ban of Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde. A case where Facebook clearly bit off more than they could chew, and as you correctly state, where as a result “ridiculed around the world”. However, I’m not so sure that Facebook being ridiculed globally is of any major significance to Mr. Zuckerberg , as his image of a corporate dictator, now expands beyond the corporation and constantly spills into the public domain. Effectively, Mr. Zuckerberg has positioned himself as a dictator as to what is and isn’t art and also as a dictator of the public that use the Facebook platform. Effectively, users are frequently disciplined like small children with no means or rights of recourse.

With regard to your proposal that qualified art institutions should be treated differently, I find this ludicrous and in no way taking into account or respecting the status of established art galleries and the artists themselves. Why should the latter be segregated, as without the artists, the art institutions themselves would not exist, in the same way as art would not exist if curatorial responsibilities were left to Facebook (as you rightly point-out).

Additionally, a lot of the censorship resulting in accounts being blocked or disabled seem to amount to nothing more than individual victimisation. If I may take myself as an example, wherein my own personal account is on average blocked for 30 days every 2 weeks or so. As I write my account is blocked, following my having shared (yes shared not posted) a post from my own official artist’s Facebook Page. The post in question was not made by myself, but by one of several administrators of my page. The post pertained to one of my own artworks, which I subsequently shared via my personal page. As a result, my account was once again blocked, yet the artwork in question was not removed or sanctioned in any way. In my opinion, nothing more than pure victimisation.

It is also worth noting that Facebook is awash with pornography or sexually titillating images of zero artistic merit, yet these are seemingly allowed because they apparently do not breach the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Obviously an increasingly ludicrous situation therefore and not one that I envisage is going to improve anytime soon.

Moving to the subject of Pinterest, it is interesting that you should make reference to them. I also maintain a Pinterest account and of late am receiving continued notification of post that I have shared from other pages, which apparently do not meet terms and conditions. However, as it is not I who made these posts (I simply shared them!), it’s not quite clear why I am receiving notice of posts pertaining to another party. I also maintain a Pinterest Board which depicts my own artworks, none of which have been removed to date, the majority of which have elements of nudity. I have written to Pinterest on this subject (as least they have a basis of communication, which is more than can be said for Facebook!), informing them that I am opposed to them imposing their censorship policies, especially where the posts do not pertain to me. However, I have also notified them that should any of my own artwork posts be deleted, I will close my account forthwith, as under no circumstances will I condone censorship of the arts (the message in question may be viewed via my blog: http://photoconception.com/blog/?p=1115). This resulted in a standard generic response, to which I again replied, indicating that the issue required a response from a living person. To date, no further reply has been forthcoming, which suggests one of several possibilities. Either Pinterest have no living persons and are thus unable to reply, do not know how to reply or lastly have simply decided not to reply. Whatever the excuse, no reply comes as no major surprise. Ultimately however, Pinterest are not Facebook, and if they decide to follow the route of Facebook, I would not wish to bet money as to the duration they will continue to be in business.

It’s a sad world in which we live, where censorship policies seem to be more severe than they were back in the middle ages. Is this progress I ask myself, certainly it is not from an artistic perspective.”

From digital camera to print, what are the options? Thomas Hodges « Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog

My first article for the blog “Art, Antiques and Luxury Design”, to whom I will be contributing on a regular basis.  Click the link below to read.

From digital camera to print, what are the options? Thomas Hodges « Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog.