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The artistic tool that is duct tape

It’s a pretty simple fact that duct tape is possibly one of the greatest inventions every created. You can use it for just about anything from covering sharp edges or a damaged file cabinet to keeping water out of the bottom of a boat (Check out the episode of the show Myth Busters) and of course, taping ducts.

But in recent years, it has become a frequent tool of creative minded people. Some have even made entire wardrobes out of it.

Check out some of the cool things people have done with duct tape. Enjoy!

By the way, each image is linked to the source for more info.

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The Distinguishing Characteristics of Art and Not

As a photographer and writer, I often see and hear commentary discussing, and in some case editorializing, either the difference or lack thereof when it comes to artistic nudity or erotic art and pornography.

While I am pretty sure I have addressed this in the past on this blog and am certain I have done so in a number of other forums, it is an important issue to many and thus bears repeat commentary.

Sexuality and the naked human form ARE NOT something that should automatically be seen as dirty, bad, immoral…Both are part of human nature and in essence should be celebrated in an appropriate and respectable manner. I am a true believer in the idea of moderation and this fits perfectly into that concept.

To me, the appropriate and respectable are where artistic nudity and erotic art come in to play. After all, to consider as pornographic all instances of nudity or sexuality in an artistic form like video, photos, drawings, paintings, sculpture or even literature would classify some of the world’s great masterpieces as nothing more that repulsive smut.

So, you may ask, where do we draw the line? For many, this is a rather subjective issue and is hard to determine on a concrete basis. In fact, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about obscenity and pornography that although he could not define it, “I know it when I see it.”

In my humble opinion, having worked with nude and semi-nude models on many occasions, I see some elements that surely distinguish the two.

If any of these are the case, the subject matter is mostly likely if not definitely pornographic in nature:

1. The major or only focal point of the piece are the breasts, vagina, penis or anus when these parts being stimulated via another person or object.

2. The purpose of the work is pretty clearly nothing more than to insight sexual arousal. So, there does not seem to be any real artistic intent.

3. The work is meant to be used in conjunction with something else to produce arousal (i.e. a photo of a magazine centerfold that may or may not be fine on its own that the editor couples with a graphic, sexual story).

Basically, there must be something more to offer than just sexual desire. For example, the way the light showcases the curves of a torso, an emphasis on pose and positioning of the body for a more aesthetic appeal or perhaps a focus on the creative use of space and color.

The bottom line really comes down to this:

The goals of Artistic Nudity or Erotic Art are appreciation and admiration. The goals Pornography are degradation and exploration. Thus, no true artist is a pornographer and no pornographer is a true artist.

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Image shot by Jeff Olson.

 

 

 

My latest e-book “Pesky Shadows, Pretty Shadows”

During March, I completed my latest effort in e-literature and am excited to share it with you.

Just like my other e-book from 2011, “Making Beautiful Photography,” this one is something of a how-to guide when it comes to the art of photography.

The new work is called “Pesky Shadows, Pretty Shadows” and is available now. Among other things, it focuses on the use of light and how it pertains to the issue of shadows, both good and bad, within a given image. There are also tips and tricks on how to make the most of soft shadows while doing your best to avoid the harsh and unflattering ones.

If you are interested, check it out!

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Stunning Spring photography sessions

Now that Spring is here in my neck of the woods, it can really be a great time for making incredible photos. Here are a few of my artistic photos with a bit of a Spring feel to help get you into the season.

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Beautifully artistic sessions from Dancing With The Stars

As readers of this blog will likely realize, I have long been a fan of the show Dancing With The Stars on the television network ABC.

Being an artist, I can of course appreciate the artistry and creativity involved in the choreography and the dance itself as well as the music that inspires the motion.

That being the case, I want to share a few videos of some truly wonderful performances featured on the current edition of this highly entertaining show.

Major talent on American Idol

There is no doubt that the long-running series American Idol has launched the careers of many aspiring musical artists.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s competition.

Nick Fradiani 

Joey Cook

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The color green

Across various cultures, time frames, societies and groups, colors have always been known to hold certain connotations. Considering it is March and all, I thought I’d take a moment to delve into the symbolism associated with the color green.

Like many colors, if not even all of them, green can suggest concepts with both positive and negative connotations. Here are just a few I could think of right off the bat.

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Positive

Green is often associated with nature or the environment. After all, don’t we frequently consider things green is they are deemed to be good for the Earth?

Green is frequently a color mentioned with the concept of luck. One simple and timely example is that of the Leprechaun.

Negative

Have you ever heard someone say the phase “green with envy?” I bet you have. And we all know that envy isn’t a flattering quality to have.

At times, when someone is young and inexperienced, he or she may be refereed to as green. For example, someone new to a business or job might fit the idea here.

I bet you might have been a bit green yourself when it comes to thinking about all the associations of such a simple color.

 

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