Another difficulty with

family pictures can be nudity. As parents we

get used to seeing our young kids without clothes. Few people see any actual

Trouble with photographing our own children at bath time or sprawling nude on a

rug, but the authorities may. There have been several cases where processing

Laboratory staff have contacted authorities over pictures they have found. In the UK one

television personality discovered herself being charged by the authorities and her name

splashed over the papers, although the case was eventually dropped.

Sally Mann

Most photographers at least will be acquainted with the fine work of Sally Mann,

large-format images made in collaboration with her youthful and frequently nude

children. Again her work has raised criticism from many who've regarded it as

exploitation of her kids, although I find this difficult to take seriously.

Surely people who are acting improperly towards their offspring are improbable

to publish photographic signs.

Mann's work is wonderful, and shows a good deal about the feelings and love in

her family, both between her and her kids and also in the relationships

between them. It is difficult to understand how anyone can find this offensive. It is

powerful and moving work that gives a positive and enriching perspective of life.

Yet we do need to be mindful there are people around who take a more

negative viewpoint, and also laws that we must take notice of. In addition , there are ill

Folks who may view graphics of kid nudity in distinct ways to us. It is an

area where some caution is needed as to what is shown and where.

Many other photographers also have worked with their own families. Among those

whose work appears to me to be strongest are Emmett Gowin and Nick Waplington (see

box, top right.)

Do not miss out

Yet I'd believe I'd missed an opportunity if I 'd not photographed the

events in my life when my kids were young - and a part of this are all the

Actions of parenthood, bathing, feeding, changing and so on. These are a part

of my photographic archive, although there are likely some that I would want

to keep private among friends and family for various reasons. Others I'm joyful

to show in public.

Nudity as revealed in pictures such as this is infrequently unacceptable, as neither the

faces nor any genital regions of the subjects are revealed. ( Peter Marshall, 1980)

Holiday times give us more time with friends and families, and the strategy of a

Awesome year is traditionally a time for reflection and the making of resolutions.

Individuals are more important than anything else in , and our families

and pals surely the most significant. It appears natural that they should have an

Significant part in the work of any photographer. For me they've been the

starting point for an investigation of photography that's led me out in many and

varied paths.

Body painting is a form of expression

used by individuals who like to be naked to communicate feelings and thoughts about the

human body by using the body itself as the sailcloth. Such ideas may occasionally be

of a sexual nature, but that is only a modest part of the possible range of

thoughts that can be expressed this way.

It should not be quite

surprising that those who enjoy to be nude additionally like to paint bodies or have

their own painted. It is a reasonably common pastime at nudist/naturist assemblies

and events, and other joyous functions where nude people are found.

A naked body makes a

Fairly good canvas for creative expression. The truth is, the increased possibilities

for self expression that are possible when one does not wear clothing form

Among the chief attractions of being naked for some individuals.

What people who are

interested in the body as an expressive medium have in common with those who

just like to be naked is a certain disposition towards the body. An approach that

is more detached and objective than "ordinary". An approach that accepts, without

flinching, the body for what it is, and then uses it to realize fresh notions of

"Corpo reality".

Is body painting an erotic

Matter? Certainly, it can be, just as specific selections in clothing can be lusty.

Nonetheless, it need not be any more lusty than other, non-lusty kinds of

appreciation of the body for its own benefit.

Make Up Artist

As a Make-up Artist and

Body painter I believe it is important that you think of the Health and Safety

Aspect of what you are doing. Some of the remarks are recommending non-cosmetic

art supplies and products for use on the skin. This is an extremely unadvisable

thing to do. I 've approached many art supplies producers and been told in

no unclear terms that the products are NOT safe to be used on human skin!

Cosmetic products (like Mehron, Kryolan, Fardel and Grimas Body and Face

paints) have conformed to US and EC regulations for cosmetic products.

Using art merchandises on a

model which never have been examined and OK'd could bring about a significant law suit

landing on your lap if the model develops contact dermatitis as a result or