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ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 3:27 PM

Is it just me or does anyone else think half naked 'bellies out" pregnancy photos are awful?

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 3:45 PM

Have you been asked to take some, Stu? I do completely agree about the awfulness, and would refuse any commission for such a shoot; not that anyone is likely to ask me. Wink

However.............. it is not the 'done thing' to say anything which could be seen as even mildly 'negative', about motherhood, even in an overpopulated part of Europe like the UK. So it's tin hats at the ready, I suspect! Grin

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 3:53 PM

I've not been asked to take any but I would refuse graciously. I know what you mean about saying anything negative but I don't have anything against motherhood or pregnancy for that matter ( I am a parent & my wife has been pregnant). I just think these cheezy horrible photos that are taken of expectant mothers that try to look sensative & moody but beautiful at the same time are disgusting.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014749 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 4:10 PM

That one of Demi Moore on Time Mag was ok...

(may be another mag... can't remember)

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 4:13 PM

They just look wrong to me.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014749 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 4:34 PM

Just nature at work...

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 4:46 PM


Quote: Just nature at work...

I'm all for that but don't wish to see it in photographs, there's a kind of "right on" element too which is horrible. I'd hate to walk into someone's house & see a half naked photo of them with their belly protruding from behind a fancy dressing gown or even worse, naked with their arms or hands strategically placed but cupping their bulge.

vetcameraman
21 Jul 2012 - 4:46 PM

And yet just look at what has been chosen as the Photograph of the Week. Flat bellies must be OK then. OR maybe it is the complete lack of clothes which turns it from 'awful' to 'awesome'?

Or out of context, those photo's of children with distended bellies in a famine zone have changed the attitude of a nation in their response to aid appeals.

Anyone seen a course on The Philosophy of Photography?

I guess a case of 'eye of the beholder'?

Martin

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 4:50 PM


Quote: And yet just look at what has been chosen as the Photograph of the Week. Flat bellies must be OK then. OR maybe it is the complete lack of clothes which turns it from 'awful' to 'awesome'?

Or out of context, those photo's of children with distended bellies in a famine zone have changed the attitude of a nation in their response to aid appeals.

Anyone seen a course on The Philosophy of Photography?

I guess a case of 'eye of the beholder'?

Martin

Talking about "beautiful" pregnancy photographs. Thanks.

vetcameraman
21 Jul 2012 - 5:11 PM

What I was trying to say is that some photographs are taken for their artistic interpretation, some people have their photograph taken because they want to convey an interpretation of themselves, and some photographs need to be taken as an interpretation of a situation.

'Awful', 'Disgusting', 'ok' and '"beautiful"' are all descriptions of those photographs which illustrate my point that how we see those photographs reveals as much about ourselves as viewers as it may do about the original photographers, and on occasion the subjects of those photographs where they have chosen to be the subjects - 'eye of the beholder'.

Does the size of the bulge make any difference, (or is that descending into the Tabloid discussion of which celebrity is 'letting it (whatever 'it' is) all hang out on the beach') or whether stretch marks are visible?

Would it make any difference if she was a particularly attractive woman and perfectly suited to modelling her pregnancy?

Would the same pose without the bulge make it more acceptable?

Martin

thewilliam
21 Jul 2012 - 5:24 PM

She-who-must-be-obeyed now specialises in "bumps", now that she's retired from wedding photography. When it's done well, the results are quite simply beautiful.

Unfortunately the photography market is flooded with snappers who have no discernable skills.

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 5:27 PM


Quote: What I was trying to say is that some photographs are taken for their artistic interpretation, some people have their photograph taken because they want to convey an interpretation of themselves, and some photographs need to be taken as an interpretation of a situation.

'Awful', 'Disgusting', 'ok' and '"beautiful"' are all descriptions of those photographs which illustrate my point that how we see those photographs reveals as much about ourselves as viewers as it may do about the original photographers, and on occasion the subjects of those photographs where they have chosen to be the subjects - 'eye of the beholder'.

Does the size of the bulge make any difference, (or is that descending into the Tabloid discussion of which celebrity is 'letting it (whatever 'it' is) all hang out on the beach') or whether stretch marks are visible?

Would it make any difference if she was a particularly attractive woman and perfectly suited to modelling her pregnancy?

Would the same pose without the bulge make it more acceptable?

Martin

No, it wouldn't make any difference how attractive she was & obviously the same pose without the bulge would be more acceptable if it was a bellies out pregnancy photograph I had a dislike for.

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014749 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 5:32 PM

I think we get your point Wink

ourdayphotos
21 Jul 2012 - 5:44 PM


Quote: She-who-must-be-obeyed now specialises in "bumps", now that she's retired from wedding photography. When it's done well, the results are quite simply beautiful.

Unfortunately the photography market is flooded with snappers who have no discernable skills.


Quote: She-who-must-be-obeyed now specialises in "bumps", now that she's retired from wedding photography. When it's done well, the results are quite simply beautiful.

Unfortunately the photography market is flooded with snappers who have no discernable skills.

Maybe & it's obviously a personal thing like Martin suggested. He also mentioned the photo of the week which is stunning & very tastefully done.

puertouk
puertouk  21058 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 6:06 PM

I pregnant woman with a large bulge in front of her is either beautiful or ugly. Beautiful if it's your wife with your child. Ugly for most other people. If you were to see a really obese person with a belly like that, you would call them ugly. By all means photograph your wife, but keep the images to yourselves.

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