recently had a comment that I'd like use as a basis for a discussion.
"There is (indeed a high quality standard here,) maybe too high. Some of the more interesting stuff is lower down and comes from artists that need help and encouragement that they aren't getting because they don't get the exposure."
I agree completely w/ this statement. Many of the "more interesting" stuff comes from the young, up & comers. But to many times artists who are "lower down the scale" take that to mean that they don't need any standards whatsoever.
That's where we come in. We here at Nude-Form have CHOSEN to keep a high standard in what we approve for gallery submittal.
I was taught to be the leader that I myself would want to follow. In a sense, I'm extending that to this group. Everything that gets approved are things that "I" would want to view OR I believe a great majority of others would want to view.
If people don't like it, they are completely free to form a group here on & set the standards as you see fit (that's what I did in a lot of ways). I don't find anything wrong w/ this. The community here on is not a zero sum game where you have all these groups & members competing for the same resources. We believe there is plenty of space to allow us all to do our own thing, sometimes our respective paths intersect - sometimes we don't.
Anyway, we have chosen some sort of baseline standards for ALL submittals. What are they? In no particular order:
1. They HAVE TO BE NUDE. Yes, we know there are other groups out there that accept clothed work. We're just not one of them.
2. Works need not be perfect on the technical execution end of things (light & shadow, composition, context the model is in, etc) but they DO need to be "interesting." Yes, this is a judgment call.
3. Though we're willing to accept the less than perfectly sound image, the image quality cannot be so poor that it interferes w/ the viewing experience. No, we're not talking about "watermarks. We respect artists & leave their personal display decisions to them. We're usually talking about heavily out of focus imaging but are not limiting ourselves to just those either.
4. There's a difference between an "art nude" image & an image of a "nekkid body". I do believe there is a place for both here on . We here at the Nude-Form are more prone to showcase the former.
That's where I'm coming from & hope this helps.
Feel free to discuss & debate this. Just be an adult, not that I doubt y'all wouldn't.