The Fine Line Between Art And Obscurity

A couple of years ago an Australia photographer, Bill Henson, took photos of naked teenage girls. It sounds terrible, but is it? The fact that the girls had no clothes on caused such a stir that it changed Australian legislation.

I saw the photos and I am really not sure why he would choose to continue to photograph such a controversial topic. Personally I think if you’re going to shoot nudes, do it with grown adults.

Where do we draw the line? What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

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  1. Denis Sharpington says:

    Hi Amy,
    I read with interest your article on photographing children, here in England it’s a complete no-no.Even photoing fully clothed children playing in the park is an arrestable offence under English law.Even within my own family group I make sure that the parents are aware I’m taking pictures and include them as well.Even School Photographers are vetted by the police to make sure they
    pass a DBS check {Disclosure Barring Service}Anything even smacking your own child can now be seen as abuse.

  2. Derek Stubbs says:

    G’day Amy.
    Firstly I do think we are becoming an over re-active country, particularly in SA.
    I feel that in England, as Denis discribed, is going too far.
    However, I do not agree with young girls or boys under 21 being used as models wearing no or little clothing is concerned.

    Young baby on sheep shins or young kids playing in a swimming pool etc is usually done for record and not display. that’s ok.

    Nude or near nude, done in a tasteful manner by adults is then up to the discretion of those concerned.

    Pornography is not art, and using young kids, to me is crossing the line.

    That’s my opinion, Cheers Derek.

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