Further, you can create a Flickr Group (I recently did ths as part of my research here for this piece) and created a group called Almost Nude: the Best of Flickr. I invited only select people of my choosing ~ those whom I felt had appropriate taste and would not make the group pornographic. Two, each member had to have a Public Profile, meaning they could not “hide” and not reveal who they were. Three, when I wrote “almost nude” that meant, and this I do realize is up for interpretation but as Judge Black says, I know it when I see it, no pornography, no genitalia, no absolute or frank nudity, and no nudity that is explicity sexual. This group is intended as a group of what I would call art nudes, but with clothing on. An example: a woman with a shirt on and perhaps a bra showing and her stomach would be a good shot. A man’s back as he removes his t-shirt another excellent example, and so forth.
You get the idea and you can picture it, or I hope you can.
We now have almost two hundred and seventy members at last count and I would not be surprised to see that number increase to three hundred very soon or more. It would certainly be more had I made the group Public, but I specifically chose Private so that 1. only those in the group can see the photos for safety reasons, thereby making women and men feel safe about exposing photographs that they may otherwise, despite the tastefulness of the photos, be hassled about, and 2. creating an outside and blog for the best photos of each week. This gives members the impetus to not just post some half-assed (no pun intended) photograph of themselves in their panties, which frankly, is really dull and I’m so over it, but to push the envelope and come up with something truly beautiful along the lines of, dare I say, Weston, Gibson, Newton (all these “on” names – how odd, I never noticed before), Sally Mann, and so on. You get the picture, so to speak.
The experiment has worked out well and I think that some deals have or will be struck between members who will either introduce each other to their various galleries for there are certainly some gallery owners involved. For certain, there are serious artists involved who have real agents and have had shows who may form friendships and offer advice and perhaps connections to real agents to those floating in a sea on their own ~ this is highly valuable and the sort of thing I think Blogcritics can provide if people are willing to cooperate (and I’ve certainly been willing to put my money where my mouth is for someone whose work I feel is good, because if I’m going to recommend them, or you are, lets say, remember that it is your or my name who will take this reflection at the end of the day and we hope it is a good one.