Are we getting more prudish in our old age? I really don’t know if I have an answer to that but just recently I have started to wonder if making life drawings is still considered to be a sane thing to do. For me I guess it started just over a year ago when I got a warning from Flickr about a digital painting I had posted onto my account of a nude woman. Someone had complained that it was in appropriate for general viewing and should be only allowed to be viewed by adults (whatever that might mean in the context of the Internet).
That really had an impact on me not because of it’s crass stupidity but the feeling that there was something wrong with the human form that it must be hidden away from sensitive eyes less they be corrupted. Perhaps it was even worse and no one had complained but Flickr took it upon itself to censor my work. Enough of this nonsense as I think I am reworking an old moan.
So are we getting more prudish? In one sense we are but it another real sense we really aren’t and the recent case of the hacked celebrity nude photos would seem to point in this direction.
I do feel that views towards life drawings are changing for the worse. Of course it could be that society has always been a bit ambiguous about nude drawings and paintings it is just that now that I make Life drawings I have become aware of the ambiguity?