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‘Socially Unacceptable’ Nudity – An Interview With Photographer Jade Beall {NSFW}

By Chad DiBlasio on October 6th 2015

{Warning: Article contains images that are NSFW}

For many of us, simply running a business and keeping our heads above water is an overwhelming task. For some photographers, however, the subject nature of their passion brings in an entirely new challenge. From the first time she posted a photo of her nude body breastfeeding her newborn son, Jade Beall has encountered criticism and unwarranted critique at every corner. She’s also garnered a fairly substantial following from around the globe in support of her unique and uplifting voice in the photography world. Jade challenges people’s opinions and thoughts of normal with her subject matter and by doing what she’s calls simply following her passion. I got the opportunity to sit down with Jade at the beginning of this week following the third banning of her personal Facebook page for 30 days.

For those of you who use Facebook for your business, you can understand how damaging and frustrating this can be (even more so when she didn’t break any of the Facebook terms of service in her postings). Jade connects with the majority of her client base and support system thru Facebook, so being unable to even log in to see messages or respond to requests costs her much more than just a mere social annoyance. If you haven’t seen Jade’s work, here is a small taste (starting with the image of her mother that got her banned this time – edited like it was when she posted it). Love it or hate it, there’s no way to view work from such a powerful photographer and not leave unchanged!

Mom CensoredJade Beall 3 Generations of women Jade Beall mothers milk drip Jade Beall nursing mother dripping milk Jade Beall in Mexico 2 Jade Beall nursing mother in army uniform Jade Beall Mothers with Babies

[REWIND: How would your business survive if Facebook died?

CD: So, the obvious thing to ask here is how do you feel about the banning and/or FB with this being the 3rd time this has happened.

Jade: It’s just super frustrating. Honestly, this isn’t even about FB to me. I mean, I truly honor their terms of service in my postings, and I’ve followed their rules and guidelines even beyond what they ask; it really is just about consistency. If they would CONSISTENTLY follow their own rules, this wouldn’t have happened. What is crazy to me is what they DO allow vs. what gets banned. (Update: since this interview was done, Jade’s account has been restored, and the unjust banning is being investigated!). The bigger issue here is really the heart of what I do – normalizing things like breastfeeding mothers or non-sexual nudity. There is an INTENSE objectification of women in our media with the intent to sell things. One of my fans (Roxanne Shelar) made this for me!

Stop Banning Jade Beall

Stop Banning Jade Beall

CD: So, what was it that led your business this direction?

Jade: I didn’t really HAVE a business then. I just had a moment of intense honesty with myself and wanted to believe what I think we ALL want to believe; that what I looked like, just then, right after having a baby – CREATING A LIFE!!! – was beautiful. That I could be classified as beautiful. This was the first image I posted along with that sentiment and the business exploded from there. This image – with her newborn son Sequoia – was posted around March of 2012.

Original Self Portrait

CD: So, why photograph people in the nude?

Jade: Why do any of us photograph what we photograph? I’ve been photographing nudes since I was in my teens with my friends and siblings. It’s never been “odd” or “weird” to me. We each choose what we want to see in our own way. I love that I’ve created a space where people who don’t come in loving their bodies can feel comfortable to come in and create art with their sacred creation (their body). It’s a beautiful thing to show someone the beauty they have when THEY don’t see it at first. It’s DEFINITELY a reason to celebrate! I just haven’t seen enough of what I want to see in the world, so I keep shooting. What’s weird to me is that sexually charged nudity intending to sell people stuff is welcomed as “normal” on TV, on social media, and EVERYWHERE in our culture, but a photo of a breastfeeding mother is cause for concern.

CD: What changed with you when you became pregnant/gave birth that made you want to photograph yourself?

Jade: I don’t know; a lot of things I guess. Becoming a mother and carrying a child kind of relaxed the idea of “sexuality only” for my body. I also think the idea that I needed to be “sexy” or “desirable” faded a bit. I wasn’t ever the girl who got the guys, and I definitely grew up feeling like I wasn’t the attractive one. So, I guess being pregnant and having a baby settled some of those worries for me.

CD: What are the hardest parts of marketing a business like yours in our society?

Jade: The controversy of shooting things that people don’t deem “socially acceptable” or normal has actually been the biggest motivators for my business. Every time I get banned or someone speaks out against me, my business grows. Building a BUSINESS under an exploding fan base has been extremely challenging! I have been learning to “get real” in my business and bringing along other professionals (like an accountant) to help me make this so much more than just a growing passion.

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There was such an obvious joy and love for her clients that exuded from Jade as we talked. I can’t describe it other than to say, it’s truly a genuine love. The next time you’re scrolling through your Facebook or social media feeds, take a quick look at all the skin you see and ask yourself what it represents. People like Jade are pushing for you to see something different. I’ll leave you with this quote from Jade, truly a summation of what she does and what I hope we, as photographers are doing with our talents, helping people see they’re beautiful and redefining healthy standards for our world!

I’m ready to stop pretending that it’s NOT ok to look this way. This is my reality and I want to believe that THIS could be called beautiful too.

CREDITS: All images are copyrighted and have been used with permission by SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify, or re-post this article or image without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

Chad is a central Ohio based wedding/portrait photographer and educator. When he isn’t busy with his 4 kiddos, watching Gray’s Anatomy (with his wife…) or making things, he spends his time pinning home improvement wishes and learning about essential oils – he’s actually a hippie in hiding. He thoroughly enjoys laughing, riding motorcycles and a nicely edged yard. He’s been shooting for a shade over a decade and loves to talk tech and business.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Branko Sreckovic

    Nope. That was not an typo in the post above. Just wished to highlight the fact that people should respect each other even if they took part in unpleasant discussion. I strongly believe that you are not intimate friend with Jade Beall and neither I am. Some forum mannerism regarding first names could be accepted if there is an, how to say, unspoken consensus, but not this one ‘John J. Malcolm X. or Robert G’.
    This also does not mean that i have tried to advocate for you but simply to object the way of conversation itself because it also has certain attributes and can help in describing person involved. Nothing more.

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  2. Branko Sreckovic

    I don’t need lunch or tea sometime. It was you who locked my attention on this subject. More precisely on refugees, the side car of this theme. But principle is the same. I agree with Robert Garfinkle, not the Robert G. We are responsible for our choices and acts. We are responsible for which of two ‘wolfs’ inside us we are feeding. Yes?
    Also I don’t need internet to be unkind and I was not unkind.
    And I used your links to FB. Sorry got puzzled with kind of help given to these people. What was the help except for one guy who was supported by Rotary club in Austria? And some stories had inconsistent data, e.g. kind Albanian custom officer or even frontier soldier but the story was recorded on Greek island of Kos?
    Those photos perhaps stopped bombs which are still falling on Syria?
    Did they wake up some human feelings in ‘somebody’ to cease lusting for 2.5 bill. barrels of Syrian oil?
    For how many refugees will ‘Humans of New York’ guarantee entrance or support obtaining of USA visa?
    Would those photos make Syrian soil more habitable and more healthy after tones of depleted uranium splashed all over that once upon a time beautiful tolerant country?
    Want to know what will happen afterwards in Syria? Come visit my country. It is completely safe…if you don’t spend too much time here. Come and witness epidemic proportion of cancer in Serbian population, only 16 years after last bomb was tossed in ‘Noble Anvil’ operation.
    At last to be really unkind…
    Can you swear that all these crusades didn’t earn you even an nickel, directly or indirectly?
    And now…tea time

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    • robert garfinkle

      Is there a typo in the posts above, I know who I am “Robert Garfinkle”, but who is Robert G. I see Robert S and Robert T, but am I Robert G (too)???

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  3. robert garfinkle

    My “Final Words” on this topic –

    It is sad for me to live in a day and age, when societies feel, they need to shelter people, from people being people.

    I could tag this era the “Too Much Information Age”, not named for the people like Jade, or Playboy, putting it out there (for whatever reason) freely, but for the Political Corrected society who feels that it taps the visceral immoral bone and we MUST shelter our eyes from it, or as I said earlier erase it… I also believe in many respects WORDS and IMAGES are hidden / removed from our eyes out of the liability of it – hence, someone could get sued for certain material being readily avialable.

    I stand firm on the belief that “we” as individuals should censor ourselves; that if we don’t like it (whatever it is) “we” can simply “not look” and even more so, keep our opinion to ourselves. This is internal, freedom-of-choice, self-censorship. a.k.a. let it be (and remain) my decision, ok!!

    I repulse the thought of organizations / businesses / government trashing the constitution and making a decision for me as to what’s ok for me, my mental health, what words are appropriate, and even my ability to defend myself.

    I also repulse the thought of societies geared to play the vicitm role, “it’s the other guy’s fault” – for example, a person who texts in a vehicle is now only partially responsible for an accident; laywers / and some people in society want the texter to get into trouble too, like the person who wasn’t even on the scene of an accident being held liable because they “made” the person receiving the text look at their phone. Like blaming the bartender for enabling a person with a drinking problem – what a load of complete garbage.

    Well, I really did not want to get off the path of my point, but it’s all these rediculous ways societies / people have just turned completly upside down, not just our moral compasses are screwed up, but every other compass we tune ourselves to, is also out of whack – just gone…

    So, and Jade, I say upfront that I am NOT trying to relate what I’m about to say to your work, but make a shining example of a point (my attempt to anyway) – National Geographic, prints people of other countries in their native way of life. I’ve seen breast feeding mothers from other areas around the world, backed by stories of how they live, who frankly – those mothers and families just don’t even think about anything being distasetful about showing their bodies and showing the world how they live. They just don’t – it’s not on their minds…

    It’s funny though, speaking of National Geographic, who is well known for displaying the afformentioned images, even people who have been body piericing / painting out of rituals; seeing bones through faces, stretched out facial parts (ears / lips) while being naked – yet, if you were to attempt to post images on Nat Geo’s YourShot and / or comment in such a way it is ALL subject to censorship at the hands of Nat Geo – which I find completely contradictory… but it’s ok for them to print such stuff… hmmm…

    Some in this forum’s thread bash the images; some in this forum applaud censorship – while I, clearly, applaude Jade and people like her.

    My impression, Jade is trying to help people; and that’s good yes? Can we applaud that?

    Moreso, I applaud Jade’s willingness to be herself, not afraid to strut her stuff. We should applaud her for being human.

    I get it, the internet is open, borderless, and much harder to watch; but watch for what???

    Why don’t the people, who don’t want to view something, just not view it – turn the channel. Why don’t, the people who have a right to censor content from their children’s eyes take responsibility for themselves and censor it so their kids can’t see it – rather than push the responsibility onto other’s (governments) with the threat of lawsuits etc… enough!!!!!!

    Control. We’ve lost control, and empowered the hands of someone else to make our decisions for us – that is direct evidence of human rights decay, it is direct evidence of a loss of freedom.

    anything we put before our GOD given human rights (freedoms) will be the second thing we lose.

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    • Jade Beall

      I think you and ROBERT G. should grab lunch or tea sometime. Thank you for saying that as I need to hear those things to keep on. Thank you.

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  4. Branko Sreckovic

    I apologize for the last line in the previous reply. I oversee it. Some feelings overwhelmed me.

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    • Jade Beall

      I feel so sad to hear your comment, but it will not stop me from doing the important work I have been doing the last 7 years. I cover women’s stories, it’s what I do. I think raising awareness and sharing stories helps both the woman who shares her story and the ones who read it. I have much evidence of this. If you check out “Humans Of New York” you will see that his recent work in Greece w/ refugees helped massively. My desire to talk to you in person about this was because sometimes on the internet we are more able to be unkind. I bet if you and I talked on the phone we would have a lot in common about wanting to help people (as I imagine you do, as an MD). I am not afraid to have different opinions, but I refuse to be unkind to those with different opinions. Rather, I want to ask questions and understand and not simply assume the worst about a stranger. i like to assume that most humans that I meet in person or online are in fact, good humans.

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    • Jade Beall

      I hear you and no I am not fixing such problems. But I am bringing joy to these camps and helping some families and for me that is enough. I have no regrets in having gone and I am going back again! I am your worst nightmare, lol, someone wanting to bring some love to a few people. I am very glad I don’t listen to opinions like yours otherwise I would sit in my house and be afraid to try and help anyone at all, worries that I wouldn’t be good enough to help . We have to do our best. This is my best and i am grateful. And my way of saying that I prefer to talk about this voice to voice is a way to connect as humans rather than typed words. You refuse. Your choice.

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  5. Branko Sreckovic

    I live in ‘freedom’ and reality which destroyed my previous motherland…well, last 25 years, my most productive-to-be years, from my 25th till these days. And yes, I watch refugees every day. Being a MD, quite often I have chance to help them with health issues but I don’t take pictures of them. My country, the most poor one help them as much as it can. And guess what, even the tabloid press is not taking pictures of them unless it happens something unusual.
    Those Mothers now need support, it is true as they didn’t need bombs and war operations which forced them to flee and abandon everything they had. They had there tolerance, secular freedom and even greater freedom in every sense of that word than in any other Christian or Islamic country. And they were forced to abandon everything.
    I don’t need to talk of that.
    But please try to figure out why is it completely distasteful to cover that story(ies).
    in every sense of that word than in any other and they could dress

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  6. Branko Sreckovic

    My view on this subject is very grim. I have tried in my first comment to cast light on some not very cute moments. That attempt not to speak of certain issues and to keep ‘golden words’ for myself was not successful.
    It is hard to believe that anybody these days stands for someone’s rights or comfort or for any other worn out big word completely unselfish? Through that FB link there is comment with $?
    Last person who did something unselfish through photography ended her life in tragic way 1971. Her name was Diane Nemerov aka Arbus. Either way, unselfish or commercial I don’t see something good for author herself.
    In last twenty or more centuries we have seen too many ideals of beauty. Each of them has its own areal or niche. Everlasting ideals, Rubens’s beauty, Twiggy beauty, nursing mothers, pregnant women… No matter how mean or aggressive were and are mainstreams those ideals survived.
    They didn’t need advocating so far.
    Again, through that FB link…and because it could have the same ‘impact’ or even message, intention to travel in Greece and take pictures of Syrian refugees is pretty much distasteful.
    You figure out why.

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    • Jade Beall

      I don’t know how it is distasteful to travel to cover the stories of Mother’s who need support. If you would like to talk about it, let’s get on the phone. 520.490.7875. Let’s be real, and be free from the internet attacks.

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  7. Erin Beutel

    After living in various cultures, I realized at a young age that there was no definition of modesty that could be applied to everyone. Anything that is acceptable or beautiful for one person with be considered indecent or ugly by others and that’s ok. In my own experience, despite being comfortable in my skin I’ve found that the issue of body image is a complicated thread that winds itself through the life of every woman. For me a nude photo shoot would not be where I would find empowerment, but I understand how that could be a huge moment in another woman’s life.
    As far as sharing those images on social media goes, we as photographers and artists share our work to our ideal customer. Yes, many others may come across our images but they are not who we are ultimately trying to reach. Would I hang one of these pictures on my wall? Probably not. Do I look at them and and smile to see the beautiful woman inside each body? Yes!
    Jade, I’m happy to see you have found your passion and can support other women in your own way through your art. May the rest of us do the same :)

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  8. Max C

    How can you empower yourself by getting naked? I don’t understand that at all. You empower yourself by achieving something positive like a college degree or a new born baby, not by getting naked and trying to call it tasteful. What is tasteful or pleasant about people with unattractive bodies posing naked. Even if your body is attractive, why do women think they have to get naked to make a statement or get attention. How about use your brain, instead of your body?

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  9. Ralph Hightower

    And Playboy abandons nude photography. Go figure.

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    • Jade Beall

      My work is nowhere near what playboy offered, it’s a direct reposes opposed to playboy style of imagery and targeted towards women empowerment, not for males arousement.

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  10. Maulia Agustini

    These photos are looked just fine to me, that was unnecessary act from Facebook to ban these and the banned photos from the sample above mostly not having s-line nor hourglass body. I think Facebook needs to hire an art critic for a better interpretation related to this stuff.

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  11. Natoyi Lively

    I’ve read all the comments, and so im adding something i found missing from the above.

    Is art not also an outlet for expression? art is not only aesthetic. Yes, i don’t feel there is much to the aesthetics (eye pleasing) in these photos. What these photos express to me is body acceptance. Loving the body for what it is. I love that.

    Also, please, lets be adults here. If we don’t like something, no one is forcing us to look at it. the title tells you that there will be nudity, so why are you looking if it offends you? You know what offends me? the super sexualization of the human body that you find EVERYWHERE in our culture. These are photos to help those interested in seeing things differently.

    Thank you Jade.

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    • Robert T

      Loving your body (or other bodies) doesn’t necessarily imply to show its nakedness publicly on Internet. There is a big difference between being a lover and being indecent, or being a prostitute. That means to “be an adult”: to know the difference. To know what you should and what you shouldn’t do in public.
      If I don’t show myself naked on Internet doesn’t mean I am ashamed of my body or that I don’t “love” my body. There are things that should be done only in private.
      You can look at your body (or the body of your husband/wife) in private, in the mirror, or at your computer, all day long.

      “If we don’t like something, no one is forcing us to look at it.”

      This is childish and silly, and can be used in multiple ways. If you don’t like the policy of Facebook, don’t use it. If you like those pictures, don’t force others to see it and like it.

      “You know what offends me? the super sexualization of the human body that you find EVERYWHERE in our culture. ”

      I agree with that, but pictures like this don’t help.

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    • Jade Beall

      Robert, you are allowed to your opinion. However the images do help women. I have helped thousands of women feel more at peace in their bodies and I am proud of that. The body is not gross nor does it “have” to be nude nor does it “have” to be covered in images. We all get to decide how we want to celebrate our bodies. We all get to decide how it best helps one feel seen. The way I do my work helps thousands feel seen. And this makes my heart happy!

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  12. Jade Beall

    it amazes me that all the comments on this are from men, where are all my sisters on SLR? But thank you for all of your feedback! I listen, ponder and thank you all. I really do. Even the ones that initially sting, I listen, i reflect, i hope to become even better with your reflections!

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    • robert garfinkle

      Jade, thank you. Thank you for being yourself.

      Sparing everyone from another rant, simply to say the only protestation I have about censorship is when other’s decide for me what is socially acceptable for me based on their eyes, their insides, and their lawyers. I would like to decide for myself – that’s the whole point of being an individual, and free.

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    • robert garfinkle

      So now, reading on CNN Money, playboy is putting the kabosh on nudity…

      WT[reading articles…]

      What is happening here Jade? This is larger than finding nudity objectionable. I could take this conversation political I suppose. BUT…

      What is happening to society, are we losing our minds, censoring things. rediculous.

      We are getting so prim / proper on every angle, as to “not offend”. No, we are not burning books, just editing them to the point where it is acceptable for “all ages.”

      we are blinding ourselves to all forms of expression. because it may offend

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    • Jade Beall

      Thank you Robert.

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    • Robert T

      @robert garfinkle
      “What is happening to society, are we losing our minds, censoring things. rediculous.”

      People are losing their minds because they don’t have a good moral compass anymore, and because they stopped to restrain THEMSELVES. Discipline of the mind and body is crucial for mental sanity.

      There is an over-saturation of media, and media creators always try to do something “different” no matter what.

      “I would like to decide for myself – that’s the whole point of being an individual, and free.”

      You can decide for yourself. But you seem to want to decide for Facebook and for the other Facebook users. That’s the whole point.

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  13. Matthew Saville

    As an adult male, I say this in jest at least a little bit:

    You can support the “free the nipple” movement all you want, but I guarantee you car crashes will go up tenfold if women are allowed to walk the streets topless. If you think cell phones are bad WRT “distracted driving”, just wait…

    Don’t get me wrong, I do think society could really stand to chill out a whole lot. We’re wound way too tightly, and it’s downright unhealthy for humankind’s mental well-being.

    I just don’t think we’re ready for a full-blown topless situation, lol. I bet any woman with a big chest who has ever been leered at by a creepy guy will agree.

    However, I do think it is absurdly silly that “we” (meaning, the capitalism / consumerism-driven powers behind the curtain) allow the lucrative forms of semi-nudity to proliferate, such as half-naked females selling crossfit memberships, or the social media clickbait-y borderline pornographic content, …while we censor the natural, beautiful aspects of our humanity and the body. That, that is just dumb. Like I said, society is wound way too tightly.

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  14. Branko Sreckovic

    Clearly, photography is not just a job for both Robert and Paul.
    There is so much passion too and I appreciate that.
    Erich Maria Remarque once said that ‘…man lives three quarters from his idealism and passion but only one quarter from his reality and materialism…’ . He said that during 20′ when his motherland was descending into darkness. Is it true?
    My thoughts of this subject (and I am aware that attitude is pretty much like part of the body…almost everybody has one):
    The very first pic (one which started everything?) and the pic of African-American women have artistic quality. The pic of women in uniform is more about message. Those I really like. Other pics perhaps are really about message? Sort of statement? Just my thoughts… Is there any provocation? Celebration?
    Personally I cannot despise enough existence of social networks of ‘instant quality’. For me, they belong to the same category as fast-junk-food, minimal effort-maximal effect.
    How much of their content fall in above mention ‘three quarter category’ and how much of it fall into ‘one quarter’?
    Yet another wise but not famous person told me recently that: ‘…of all words, unspoken words are real gold…’.
    Here is my metaphoric question.
    These days we can see torrential presence of ‘survival’ serials on Discovery and similar TV channels. There is one very peculiar ‘Naked and Afraid’. What is the real purpose of being naked in serial such this?
    Meh…I talked to much…

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  15. Edward Seid

    ello.co is NSFW-friendly. :)

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  16. robert garfinkle

    Naked statues are art, yes? But, naked photographs are obscene, is that the case? Double standard, maybe?

    I remember in college assigned a project where a naked woman stood up in front of the class and we had to draw her. That was ok.

    We go to the movie theater, see nudity on screen, and that’s ok. We have commercials for pleasurably acceptable products as well as sexual assuredness for both males / females – more commonplace today then feminine hygiene products.

    It used to be the case, where if one did not like something they simply did not expose themselves to it. If you did not like promiscuous material you simply did not put yourself in front of it, t’was your choice.

    What is happening today? Simple, people, if they find something objectionable they want it gone, removed, 86-ed from society, they want it erased.

    Get a grip (to those who deem it unfit for their eyes / ears), deal with it! I find those people, who wish to see things censored, completely offensive, yet I do not request / require they be erased. There are many things I don’t like, yet I do not let it bother me.

    Redskin’s, Our American Flag, GOD, Brown Paper Bag, Citizen, Any perceived out-of-context use of the word “Gay”, Illegal Alien, Terrorist, and photographed naked people not having sex…

    Offended? deal with it!

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    • robert s

      so youre the international spokesperson for the world on what people find acceptable or not and if people dont like it, then just deal with it is your solution?

      you sound like a communist dictator. deal with it.

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    • robert garfinkle

      you dont like it. deal with it.

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    • robert garfinkle

      yes, just deal with it…

      not sure where you are from, but, I live in a land where “individuals” are afforded the right (not an ideology, not an “old” piece of paper, but a human birthright) to express themselves, freely, without interference from others; where my rights do not have jurisdiction over yours just because I might not like what you have to say, the way you live, what you want to do for a living, and what you might consider to be artful. I have to deal with that – fair is fair…

      And this means, my religion stands equal to, not opposite your sexual disposition; my opinion does not outweigh yours, it is shared / voiced and not subject to being abolished / censored because others might be offended such as yourself.

      And, if, I am about patriotism, defending your right to disagree, about defending the soil we live on, about defending one’s right to express themselves, freely; I should not be construe as a domestic terrorist, an old thinker, or as some might call a dictator.

      I would say that where I draw the line is this – I am for everyone’s rights up until the point you either proactively attempt to put your rights over mine and / or you take the one freedom we have – the ability to strip our freedoms out from underneath us, leaving us in true dictatorship, or worse.

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    • robert s

      oh you mean you live in lala land.

      on paper all those things you say sounds wonderful. it doesnt work that way in the real world or the internet which is intl and whats international has to take consideration of others around the world who dont agree with your point of view. so those who didnt like it dealt with it, and they had the photog banned. personally if I saw those things, id just move on or just block the person. simple.

      actually its you who has to deal with it. post pics like these and others will get you banned as well on fb. I personally dont care. Im not offended, I just dont find these photos as art.

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    • robert garfinkle

      hey, truce.

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  17. robert s

    I went out with a group of photogs years ago to do a nude photo shoot with 3 females at the dead sea. great images. but meh. never went back to doing nudes. not a fan. I dont see anything artistic with most of these.

    otoh, the bikini images are too…whorish?
    looks like its all of their birthdays since they brought balloons to the party.

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    • Jade Beall

      I honor you don’t think my photos are artistic, but I would also like to remind you that art is different for all of us. My work is to empower women, that is my art, and it’s sad to me that you find a need to tear it down.

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    • Paul Empson

      ‘whorish?’ your opinion.. though it speaks volumes..

      This one is not aimed at you Robert… just an observation..

      It always strikes me as paradoxical that in such a forward thinking country The USA… that you have millions, possibly even the majority… that have such outdated and morally bankrupt views on a wide range of societal views and issues… and as one white male, I have to say the loudest most objectionable voices seem to be from the former European settlers.. who probably look a lot like me..

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    • robert s

      I think theres a much nicer way to show strength in women and empower them through photography.
      I dont think this is it. we can discus the composition or lighting but everyone has their personal preference. technical is personal.

      fb is intl and people around the world have different views about nude photography. many people who I guess felt this was too much.

      I dont know how many viewed this page but im certain there were all kinds of reactions. some hate some appreciation some admire some meh, some rolled eyes. you shouldnt get offended that some arent wowed or agree with these photos. I didnt say I hated them or got offended, I just dont see it as artistic.

      @paul empson
      “that you have millions, possibly even the majority… that have such outdated and morally bankrupt views on a wide range of societal views and issues… and as one white male, I have to say the loudest most objectionable voices seem to be from the former European settlers.. who probably look a lot like me..”

      actually the majority of the world are old school with many things.

      I did the nudity photography at a magical place. the dead sea. on a bed of salt that looked like a white lake, with Jordon’s mountains on the other side. shooting with a 400 3.5 compressing the mountains. it was at sunset. we did wonderful pictures. I didnt feel there was anything artistic about it though. my pictures or Jade’s pictures. and mine were more impressive :) of course im not biased ;)

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    • Jade Beall

      I am not offended, i have no doubt yours are more artistic! I would love to see. I am sure I would love them, because I adore the human body.

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    • robert s

      I dont see nudity as artistic and Ill be frank, its more arousing to some than it is about the photography and I dont like it. I know when I was on the photo shoot and it was my first nudity shoot. I didnt see an issue with the young girls being nude. but I know some of the older photogs looked at the women like pieces of meat. it was dirty. you can see it was all about the P/T/A and I didnt like it. some play nudity in photos as art but it isnt. they like looking at the women in a sexual way. even one photog was touching her to pose her and I felt it was a dirty situation with bad energy. so I like photos that dont show it right in your face and when we did the shoot, I shot when they were completely bare, but I enjoyed when we asked them to wear some translucent fabrics. and why is nude photography mostly about females? I would say the vast majority is with females. I had a few prints done which I passed to the models. the few small prints I did as well as the negatives I threw out long time ago. because my wife didnt like it, I didnt like it and it caused tension.

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  18. Paul Empson

    I find it abhorant that a little nudity.. we all know what we look like without clothes.. is banned and causes people to take offence plus corporations to block, remove and ban.. yet genuinely grotesque images from scum of the earth remain online..

    why so prudish about our biology.. it’s 2015 a little enlightenment would go a long way..

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    • Chad DiBlasio

      especially when the nudity is associate with birth (largely) and censored by the artist in others.

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  19. Max C

    Please only photography people that look good naked. The old lady and many others were just an unnecessary, unpleasant site. The first picture with the black lady and child (no nipple showing) looked good and artistic, the others are just too much.

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    • Chad DiBlasio

      wow Max.. the scope of beauty and “artistic” seems to be the issue here and likely what led to inappropriate banning of Jade’s work. Is it possible that beauty can go beyond our “look good naked” ideals that have been formed by mass media and marketing?

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    • Stephen Glass

      It reminds me of the SNL skit with Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley auditioning for the Chippendales. There’s just a bigger audience for good looking naked people.

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    • Jade Beall

      A lot of women are told my men that they are too much. My whole point in photographing this way is to help women feel free from being “too much” for people like you. All bodies are beautiful. Period. It’s cool that you don’t agree, but anyone who wishes to be photographed this way has a right to be celebrated! The “old” woman, My mother? That image has helped hundreds of elders feel better about themselves. I doubt you have helped anyone feel better about themselves, i am going to guess. It’s a wonderful thing, to help others feel free.

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    • David Silverman

      Yeah, those chunky girls painted by Rubens and Van Dyck…c’mon. You call that art!

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    • Matthew Saville

      If you come to this site in search of half-naked eye-candy, you’re in the wrong place. “NSFW” does not always stand for “softcore porn”, if that’s the reason you clicked on the title.

      BTW, saying “please only photograph people that look good naked” is one of most surprising things I’ve ever heard a commenter say in the history of this website, and not in a good way.

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    • Alex Harris

      Max C – are you kidding? Are you being ironic? I hope so!

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    • robert garfinkle

      I am in the same boat with Matt on his take on the comments.

      But will take it a bit farther… not holding back here…

      1. Beauty is subjective, yes? So to state “to only photo people who look good”, well, that comment is rendered pointless, but does show me what a person is made of…

      2. the statement “to only photo people who look good”, to me, seems like it goes down the “predjudice” path… not saying you are, but that statement, used in other contexts and worded differently, could sound like:

      – we only allow photographers with 10 years experience posting on this site
      – we only allow photographers with good images to enter contests on this site
      – we only allow… – well, you pick your poisonous words to fit into this sentence, to me, it all sounds the same..

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    • Michael Ireland

      Oh Max…. Based on your first line alone I’m guessing some kind of unoriginal troll.

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    • Max C

      @ Ireland Just because someone disagree with your opinion, does not make them a troll. Please find a dictionary and look up the word. Everyone is trying to do something to go viral, taking naked pictures is the cheapest and easiest way to get there.

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    • Michael Ireland

      @Max

      Except you said…

      > Please only photography people that look good naked.

      Case closed, troll on.

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    • Jade Beall

      Max I have no idea why you spend time putting my work down. So you don’t like it. Awesome! I honor your position. But perhaps forget about my work and find freedom from continuing to comment on it. I was not looking to go viral. I did something other women could relate to via the medium of photography. I would encourage you to stop projecting your beliefs of what I am trying to do and offer more substantial critique if you need to.

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