Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Question - Has the LUG become an Adult's Only List???
From: Brian Reid <>
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 15:14:24 -0700
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There will be no censorship of nudity on the LUG.

For centuries, maybe even for more than one millennium, art has emphasized the human form. Sometimes the humans wear clothes and sometimes they do not. Sometimes the unclothed humans are doing socially objectionable things and sometimes they are not. I see nothing wrong with showing nude humans on the LUG, and nothing wrong with talking about it in moderation. I asked that people stop the jibber-jabber that was not so much about nude portraiture as it was about the language used to avoid being frank, about the euphemisms. I tire of that quickly.

I was fascinated by the portrait of Colleen in the alley not just because she is beautiful and understood how to let us look at her beauty, but because it is exactly backwards as a portrait, and somehow doing things intentionally backwards seems delightfully Goth.

A standard portrait of a woman shows her face and hair and eyes, uncovered, and wearing enough clothes that we get a suggestion of what her figure looks like. This picture of Colleen utterly reversed that: we see exactly what her figure looks like; the curvaceous lines of her hip-shaped blue jeans being exactly continued by the smooth skin of her nude torso. And there is just a hint of what her face looks like, peeking out from around the corner. It's easy to be sidetracked because her breasts are unusually pretty, but to me what that picture was about was "I am so Goth that I can even do a portrait my way, and I am so pretty that you will like it anyhow." This rocks.

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