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Philosophy of Photography Taking pics is one thing, but understanding why we take them, what they mean, what they are best used for, how they effect our reality -- all of these and more are important issues of the Philosophy of Photography. One of the best authors on the subject is Susan Sontag in her book "On Photography."

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Old 02-21-2012   #126
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Over here Top Gear gets attacked for it's lack of political correctness anyway ... it's probably always a mistake to comment on another societies mores.
It still is a good show, better than the US version.
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Old 02-21-2012   #127
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Personally I don't think any form of porn should be posted, that includes nudes, no matter how "tasteful" or "artistic" they are perceived to be. If its not exploitation its titillation at the very least and has no place in a serious photographic website such as this. There are plenty of magazines, books and of course galleries and sex shops (adult entertainment venues) around if one really needs to look at this stuff. Don't forget that dirty raincoat. BTW I don't do religion, so my views have nothing to do with what god may think. Guess am one of those politically correct dinosaur throwbacks from 1970's-80's activism. Maybe if there were more women here opinions would be more robust on this issue.
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Old 02-21-2012   #128
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@ Rick Waldroup above -- While I disagree with Paul on this, I do not think he is asking for anything of the sort.

I do. I am pretty sure that if he could have his choice, he would ban nude photography completely on this site. It offends his religious beliefs.
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Old 02-21-2012   #129
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rick, i have clearly stated i have set my faith aside to discuss this issue.
i asked for censorship ONLY FOR MYSELF. i have ticked the appropriate box.
this does not and will not affect anyone else who may or may not want to see nudes that pop up in the gallery.
i also stated clearly that should members here not mark their mature photos so i cannot see them, it is OK by me. i will not protest, nor will i take my basketball and go home.
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Old 02-21-2012   #130
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I haven't seen Paul even vaguely suggest that nudes and mature content be banned. It's ridiculous to accuse him of that.

I'm an atheist and a bit of a libertine and have no concerns about kids or bosses seeing nipples on my screen (hurray for being self-employed). But I get why some people might take issue - in other contexts, it's just good form to mark things as NSFW so that readers don't get in trouble or put in awkward situations.

Ideally, it can be self-policed by uploaders.
 

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I do. I am pretty sure that if he could have his choice, he would ban nude photography completely on this site. It offends his religious beliefs.
Rick, that is a huge stretch. I know Paul personally, and you are misreading this thread. Maybe it is because of the keyboard communication or whatever, but Paul is NOT wanting to infringe on anyone's enjoyment, participation or anything else.

He has far too much class and is far more sophisticated than that.

IMO, the answer is already there. Let's stop beating a dead horse.
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no rick, i would not ban nudes.
but you'll have to take that on faith ...
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Rick, that is a huge stretch. I know Paul personally, and you are misreading this thread. Maybe it is because of the keyboard communication or whatever, but Paul is NOT wanting to infringe on anyone's enjoyment, participation or anything else.

He has far too much class and is far more sophisticated than that.

IMO, the answer is already there. Let's stop beating a dead horse.
I don't know Paul from Adam, but he made my photo of a pole-dancing, undead monkey one of his pics of the week so he's clearly not that uptight. Agree with you 100%.
 

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The gallery upload has the following text:
Does this image contain 'mature content'?
Mature content cannot be seen by non-members visiting the site.


It obviously cannot be a perfect filter. Something which would be considered 'mature content' in one country/culture is not necessarily 'mature content' in another one. Much is left for the individual to judge, and the best filter in the end is for anyone to ignore what they wish to not see.
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Even though I have the filter "on", I don't feel I can share this website with my grandchildren. One of them is a budding photographer but until she is an adult, I hope she never sees this website. That is a shame because otherwise it is very good site for creative photography.
 

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It still is a good show, better than the US version.
Oh yes, I watch all the time, I don't mind a bit of political incorrectness ... like Michael Gove for instance ... I meant it was my error to comment on Bible Belt be morality
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Even though I have the filter "on", I don't feel I can share this website with my grandchildren. One of them is a budding photographer but until she is an adult, I hope she never sees this website.
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Don't wake the gear hound in her?
while the nudes here are almost all juvenile titillation, I would indeed be a lot more worried about exposing my children to the crass consumerism rampant here than yet another oiled, half-shadowed boob in front of a half-drawn window curtain.
 

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the uk top gear is one of my favorite TV shows ever. you'd have to pay me to watch the usa version ...
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They drove most of the women away years ago, don't worry.
interesting note considering you just joined and have 9 posts.
who are you really...coward no doubt...
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ok, i am about to close this thread.
it stopped being useful a while back...nothing is going to be resolved and the bottom line is that any changes will come from the boss and nowhere else.
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