Alright, so I've been browsing deviantART, and I've gotten into doing more portrait photography and I'm like hey this is kind of cool, and I get more interaction with people, so fun times right? You bet it is. But there's this thing called a "GWC" or "Guy/Girl With Camera" and it's getting old. I see crap image quality being flaunted in the name of T&A, and only catering to horn dogs and the darker side of the internet and really only serves to exploit the model.
But the more I browse deviantART, the more and more I see examples of emotive and nude photography where the image quality is absolutely awful, and it's showing off women in provocative poses wearing next to, or nothing. Literally hundreds of comments on most of them talking about how beautiful of a woman it is, or how amazing the image it is. Seriously kids get over your freaking hormones. The ISO was cranked too high, the lighting makes no sense and is unflattering to an insane degree, the image isn't even in focus for god's sake. Honestly I can't be the only photographer that gets pissed off by this. So models, please learn the difference. A photographer will push your limits, not violate them. Let's assume your a model that while you've no moral obligations against posing nude, you've never done it before and you're uncomfortable with it. Cool, odds are off the start of the shoot so is the photographer. Now here's the difference between a GWC and a Photog, odds are the GWC will push and push to get the shoot started and talk you into poses you're really not comfortable with and leave you feeling burned out but they'll keep coming back for more.
The photographer on the other hand is going to walk you through it, and the photog is probably looking for feedback just as much as you are. Things will be awkward at first (That's human nature) but with a photographer the atmosphere is generally conducive to working with an equal as opposed to being controlled. If you don't like a pose, let the photographer know. If it's going beyond your boundaries let him know, and he will stop.
I've worked with models a few times, only actually touched one to try to help her understand where I wanted her to pose. She was fully clothed and since there was a language barrier, I held my hand out first and waited for her to nod that it was okay or not. I positioned her arm farther forward by a few inches (so it looked like she was clawing for the camera) took the shot and then on to the next. At no point there did I ever make the model feel uncomfortable.
Sometimes I kind of wonder how do we start putting the kibosh so to speak on the GWC's? It's bad for models, because it's a safe bet their careers won't go anywhere with a portfolio of out of focus grainy images that the best shots in it qualify more for porn than artistic nude. And it gives photographers a bad rap for being exploitative. I don't have enough folks who watch this page to use it as a launch platform, but there's got to be a way to put together some form of blacklist. A photographer's guild almost. Maybe there is such a thing, and I just haven't found it, haven't had enough exposure, or do not shoot on a level to get noticed by it.
And if you consider yourself a photographer, please, ours is a position of power, sometimes so subversive that we may not even realize what we're doing. Think about it, how do you decide ultimately what your opinions are? You see it with your own two eyes. You control not only what you shoot, but the people who see it. That level of influence has power beyond any politician's words. To quote Robert Frank, "Above all, Live for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference." Remember that the next time you raise your glass.
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