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DO YOU DISAPPROVE OF JOCK STURGES TOO

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 27 september 2016

DO YOU DISAPPROVE OF JOCK STURGES TOO Rarely do I watch news on television but it so happened I did yesterday and after the reminder of Clinton Trump debate last night, came a rather unusual news, the story of a photographer’s exhibition that was closed in Russia due to people’s protest against the nature of his works.

This morning, I went to read Fstoppers blog and Petapixel, almost certain there would be an article about it but there was none.
So I had to google the event and discovered the photographer was called Jock Sturges.
Wikipedia told me he’s a very controversial American photographer whose main works were photographing nude teenagers, FBI and other instances have tried to have his works classified as child pornography, unsuccessfully ! A quick glance at Google’s images on the guys name will give you a good idea of his works which indeed for the greatest part depict teenagers naked.

Why not ? Well, there are so many “because” that I don’t know where to start really, mostly because our society assimilates nudity with sexuality (even though I believe none of his images are the least bit sexual), and sexuality and young teenagers really have no place together especially on any media.

I can’t help but wonder the motivation behind creating these images.
Perhaps the guy is a very healthy person, not ill minded and just appreciate the beauty of the human body in the form of naked teenage girls… Meh, read the sentence again, that doesn’t seem quite right does it ? But perhaps because we are conditioned and he’s not and we are wrong and he is right.
Or he is just a pedophile who managed to get away with it on artistic excuses.
No one lives in his brain and no one but him can know that.

As for me writing this article, well first, no one seems to have done it except news sites and with a month full of photo gear announcements from everyone everywhere, it’s hard to get my hands on anything that hasn’t been already written about a thousand times ! In any case as a father of three children including 2 girls, I feel very uncomfortable with his works of the sort even though I can’t really see myself as a narrow minded person.
So to illustrate this post I have chosen one rare photograph of his I came across and liked.

#news #controversial #photography

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