Monday, February 8, 2010

Tasteful Female Photography Is A Matter Of Opinion

Tasteful female photography is indicative of images that do not feature indecency. The definition is based on cultural standards of decency and indecency. Tasteful female photography rarely objectifies the female subject in a derogatory manner.

Degrading photographs are usually considered pornography. The picture is demeaning to the individual subject. It reduces them to a sex object with no regard for the individual. The picture is not of a person, but a thing. Tasteful female photography is all about the subject as a person and as a message.

Standards of society are different culture to culture. What might be determined as tasteful in Western society may not be remotely acceptable in the Middle East, the Far East, South America or Africa. The reverse is equally true. Tasteful female photography may involve capturing an image of a young woman nursing her child. A familiar image in magazines and documentaries dealing with native or indigenous tribal societies, it can create discomfort in many areas of Western society, today.

The ideal behind tasteful female photography is that it will not offend a viewer. The number of items, actions, views and intimacies that can offend an equal number or more people makes identifying 'tasteful' difficult. Western culture provides an uncertain barometer for measuring tastefulness. In films, a tasteful film will receive a rating of G, PG or PG-13. The ratings indicate the suitability of the film for younger audiences. Material involving graphic violence, graphic nudity or overt sexual conduct is omitted in most of these instances and that represents a tasteful presentation.

Yet, the crux of tasteful female photography remains an intimately personal decision. What offends a person may not offend their neighbor. A nude image of a very pregnant woman can be seen and is often so, in both categories. One person's objection to an image cannot measure another's and that makes categorizing tasteful female photography a difficulty even for connoisseurs of art. The composition of tasteful female photography is dependent upon a combination of cultural bias, upbringing, morals and ultimately, emotional reaction. The visceral reaction of emotion to art in any format determines whether the art is acceptable, venerable or reprehensible.