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Focusing on nature can be a rewarding and sometimes healing adventure. Noticing the beauty and details of the outdoors can enhance and renew the pleasures of exploring the nude form again.I had to think on it a bit and realized I have fallen into a gluttonous diet of photographing erotic and nude subjects. Like eating too many In and Out burgers, this filling over indulgence only leaves me craving the next one. Where is the next model? What are we going to create? What mood and feelings do I want? Will there be a narrative or concept or is it to be for more base desires?
As with any gluttonous craving, it feeds upon itself at the exclusion of a more well-rounded diet that is healthier for the photographer. I find that I get tunnel vision on a topic, subject, or genre. I no longer notice all the amazing photographic opportunities around me and go for the rib eye steak of my art, the erotic nude.
A few weeks ago I went out with my wife into the desert around Las Vegas a few times. I photographed the buildings, landscapes, and little things that caught my eye. Along the way, I jokingly shared, "I can't publish these. I am a portraitist, dare I say eroticist or pornographer. I can't do landscapes." She didn't like that joke.
When I use a computer too long, I notice that I have a difficulty seeing things clearly at great distances because my eyes are too used to an object about 24" from me. While photographing a landscape that was over 40 miles deep, I realized my photographic vision was out of shape. I am used to focusing on a the exquisite beauty before me and worrying about depth of field, bokeh, light, fine focus, and other aesthetic choices. Once I stepped out into nature and the grand views, I had to notice those mountains way off, the quickly spreading clouds, and the little cactus near my feet. I had to see depth. Instead of cropping out the world to get to the subject, like I do with nude photography, I had to decide what to include in the grand photo and try to make it work.
As D.L. wrote, "Noticing the beauty and details of the outdoors can enhance and renew the pleasures of exploring the nude form again.", I need to refresh my view and get more vegetables, starches, and fruit into my photographic diet. I need to enhance how I see the whole world in the frame, not just the luscious content my id wants in it. Maybe it is time to see the forest again and not get obsessed with only seeing the breasts.