I’m only now seeing naked bathroom pics and leaked photos of famous people. I’ve grown up hearing about these exposing images. Only upon looking, I’m realizing they are not really anything different from what most people do every now and then. (Most likely including the people reporting it.) Granted, this sight is in more replay now than imagined by previous generations.
In a strange way those images may be the only real images of celebrities, or that we may take of ourselves. Really we wear clothes and don’t see our skin the way a lens does. We take these secret images of ourselves, basically to see if we change, or to really grasp how we look to others. Then sometimes they get out there. ”There” being the Internet.
It’s strange how they are presented as ill, where as Marilyn Monroe had many of hers published, yet became famous based on remarkable performance. To be clear the publications of her nude were subculture. Her feather performances may not likely to be directly linked to her film path. Definitely those images and events weren’t catalogued on the World Wide Web, or accessible to all ages. I wonder when nudity in a created item, painting or photograph became dirty and not art. (There are too many views on that…)
Truthfully I imagine most original nude photographs were done by people not knowing how long those prints or negatives could and last. A beliefe that the glass would break, the film corrode, and the print be discarded. Did any painters believe or understand their work would last it’s own lifetime into the future centuries? Let alone foggily printed images that faded easily.
Now, I think, it is clear our images, digitally captured, scribbled on scrap paper, and painted on canvas can potentially last through generations. As connected as we are to the Internet our personal web is clearly traceable.
Perhaps in the future we’ll all be used to our bodies being seen, not as objects, but as bodies. It would be nice. I feel very strangely that there aren’t any images of me naked. When that’s what we really are. But in our world that exposure is farther than we could know. Frankly imagine the world could access it. (It being a viewing of your own personal body.) Unfortunately the world is devious and could use it as exploitive and not constructive.
Hopefully one day our bodies will just be.
*I’m mostly sad their aren’t images of my body as a personal expression of art cataloguing my physical changes. In journalism I wonder if journalists realize they are their own most expansive project. That each publication is catalogued with them.
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