Degree project

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  1. D_Garmanswait Glassnads

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    This is kind of off topic but relates to health. I'm doing a personal photograpic project on the side effects of my medication for my degree, more importantly I'm focusing on the effects delayed orgasm can have. I wanted to explore something personal with the intent of helping myself. Now, I'm going to be using appropriated imagery such as pornography as well as self portraiture in some kind of sculpture that I'll photograph. I know I know my lecturers better then all of you guys but I'm still interested to find out how far I should pursue such a subject when the work will be seen by my peers and tutors.

    p.s By self portraiture I mean full frontal nudity.

    This is all in the name of tasteful art and I am in no way trying to show off my cock. I would probably obscure such details of that without loosing the idea behind the work.

    Should I censor my own work? Should I tone it down? Any replies do not need to be serious but I'd appreciate anything from those that have experience in artwork or in sharing nude photography with close people.
     
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    I don't know what program you're in, graduate or undergraduate, art or science, but I assume you have a thesis advisor or a mentor for your studies. He or she will best be able to answer this question. Also, do you need to get approval for the thesis topic before pursuing it? That's usually the case, and also helps to clarify questions like this.
     
  3. D_Garmanswait Glassnads

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    I'm a first year student, I'm free to do what I want and I do not get marked and it does not contribute to my degree grade. Only my final project in the third year counts. I am on BA Photography.
     
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    Wow, that is a thing to think about for sure! Did you asked your lector about it? He/She is the one who has to agree. And how far would you go with that nudity, is also your face in it? Because teh first thing I think of: what if classmates see this...
    Talk with your lector about it.
    good luck!
     
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    Yeh, I agree - check with your lecturer that they're ok with it!

    I'm not sure they'd allow you to do pics of yourself that were too explicit, because there might be guidelines against it to stop students being exploited.

    Sorry to hear about the medication by the way - been on Prozac here, has the same effect.
     
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    Nudity isn't an issue, I've done naked images in the past and so have many other people in my class. My mate was joking about how the lecturers saw his penis the other day. We've all also seen one of our lecturers naked as he does self nudes. The thing is I didn't come on here to have all of you guys say 'Ask your lecturer', I'm not going to find any of you personally responsible for ruining my life, it's not a big deal.

    If I can use my art to get to know myself better then it's worht it, if doing self nudes helps me feel more secure then it's worth doing surely. Why do so many artists do self nudes? Isn't it just a personal way of dealing with identity and sexuality? We're kind of branching off in to off topic stuff now. But anyway, tell me what you think.

    Think about how I come on LPSG for some kind of liberation, I can feel good about myself. Half the problem is that no one I know has seen my body, I might as well be as insecure as ever. I'm not the most insecure person in the world but personally I want to be 100% comfortable with myself and I'm not there yet. Maybe doing art in such a way will be equal to my tablets in helping me.
     
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    Just curious, what is your thesis statement?
     
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    You don't need us to tell you to photograph yourself nude, in various degrees of arousal or not. You've already made up your mind, even to the point that you don't feel the need to consult a lecturer. That's fine and good, but I'm not sure what you want from us other than validation that the decision you have already made is a good one.
     
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    I get what you are going for in your project. You're going for kind of an introspective look at yourself and your sexuality by means of...in a way...exposing yourself to those in your classroom.

    I say go for it, but you are going to have to walk a thin line here. Your pictures of yourself will have to be very tastefull and tactfull, as you don't want to come off as some sort of exhibitionist looking for a way to get your rocks off. IF anyone even suspects that the latter is the case, you could be in some deep shit, and seeing as you're a first year student, you wouldn't want to have such an incident to scar your future academic career.

    My suggestion would be to do your project, but maybe go to an instructor, or even maybe a 'professional' in the specific field you are working from, and get them to go over the photos (of course keeping it secret that its you in the pics) with you and better help you determine what would/could be considered art, and what would be deemed pornography.


    P.S. What country or region of the world are you living in? The reason I ask is if, say, you were in the US and attending university there, nudity would be frowned on versus being in France, where nudity is no big thing. Unabear
     
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