Journal Entry No: 35 *Porn On Deviantart* // Wednesday 20th of March 2013//19:28(UKT)//
I hate to complain... I really do... But I have to voice my opinion on this because I've just had about enough!
Over the past few months, I have noticed the start of a worrying trend. I see more and more Pornographic/Erotic photos plastered on DA's front board everyday!
These so called deviations are nothing short of amateur photographers posting crude pornography under the label of "Artistic Nude"...
Quite frankly, it's vile! It's an abuse of Deviantart's adult content moderation guidelines and a mark of disrespect to the genuine nude photography artists out there!
Ok! Hold your horses! Before you start accusing me of being some uptight conservative nut or throw me the "but art is open to personal interpretation" argument, hear me out:
Indeed art is completely subjective and that's the most beautiful thing about it. Although I was never blessed with the time, patience or skill to create art worth sharing (my gallery is a testament to this: I won't deny it), I have been a proud, loyal and regular member of Deviantart for well over 7 years and until now it has always been a pleasure to visit and spend time on. But I feel that this sudden surge of crude photography is tarnishing the respectable reputation DA and it's community, which has strived so hard to build over the last decade.
Now, I have nothing against genuine artistic nude: There's is much to say in appreciating the many singularities of an individual's body, be it the curves of strongly built person, tones of young woman and textures of the wrinkles of an elderly man... The naked human body can be the canvas on which many a story can be painted or old history can be read. Over the years it has been a testimony to a persons life and a representation of one's self in the most unique and pure state.
I also have nothing against sexuality or depiction of a sexual act: It is one of the most primal elements to our species and a vortex of both physical sensation and psychic emotion which (unless inhibited) leads to the creation of life itself. A more twisted form of such an act can also be represented: HR Geiger's work is a true example of that!
From my experience is reviewing this form of photography, many of the Artistic Nude photographers will plan for weeks, if not months their shot and will go to great length into finding the best posture, lighting, scenery and general environment so that the beauty or complexity of the model will be resplendent in the photo.
However, the one's I see cropping up more often are no more than vulgar snapshot, often of a poor quality and taken with a low grade camera (or mobile phone I guess?). No effort is made in trying of accentuate the model's essence and their posture is reminiscent of that which one would find in a porno magazine (I'm sure the more senior members in the audience will remember those, from a long lost time before the advent of the internet
), with the focus on the genitalia. They get away with it because art is the one of the most (if not THE most) liberal forms of expression and none dare to quash it (and in most case: quite rightly so)... But there is a moral line here... On this website anyway, and these so called "Artists" are grossly abusing this freedom without even a thought or the ethical and moral code of this artistic repository.
I'm not a hypocrite: I have absolutely no qualms in regards to pornography. However, there's a time an place for it and although the first is your prerogative, the later IS NOT DevianArt! I haven't investigated, but I am sure that there are many websites out there which are more suited for this material and will probably have a more "keen" audience to appreciate it.
I would like the senior moderators of DA to review this situation and reconsider what they consider core values and where boundaries lie... A group decision, a democratic vote from the members of DA and new lines drawn in the sand so that one can finally enjoy returning to this place without having to put up with quasi-pornography ruining a fine selection of fresh artwork (or works in progress from new budding artists) like an ink stain on a fine tapestry.
That's all I have to say and I only hope that my words will reach those who can make a difference.