Women have been punished for their beauty many times throughout human history. There have been hundreds of stereotypes used to target their depravity if they dared to take control of their bodies or their beauty. Prostitution was a word used to denote things that are now considered normal such as cohabitation. Docility and humility were the standards of beauty. A woman who accepted the chains was considered the most beautiful of all.
I simply look at Klaudia and wonder about the progress that has been made. Nudes are still considered immoral and shameful, regardless of whether they depict a noble ideal or the debasement and degradation of bravery. The models still face many real life troubles for what they do. If the model is not a famous model, if she's just an extraordinary girl from the crowds, then all the comments will be related to the anatomy of her body. I don't know if this is our modern-day punishment for a woman who takes the chance to dream and to aspire or if it's just basic media-driven conditioning.
It is a true tragedy. For neither the brave woman nor the thinking viewer have the respect that they deserve. Those amazing nudes just remain confined to a niche, to connoisseurs, just like most works of culture. To be replaced by the basic works that target sexuality - softcore - or some other works that provide no cerebral stimulation whatsoever.
Tasteful nudes are almost like a mystic dance, the poses represent small pieces of the greater puzzle of life. They serve as a reminder and as a source of inspiration. They're distinctly human, and they have a uniting force. They also serve as a blank canvas, to be filled with one's imagination by the most honorable of human qualities. Then they start serving as a model.
The models must be beautiful in real life, for beauty is very distinct from physical attractiveness. I am quite sure that the picture that our minds paint are very similar to what can be found in real life.
Beauty certainly deserves more respect, and more understanding. I am sure that true beauty will be produced, no matter the artificial barriers. And it will always find an audience, even if that audience is only compromised of a few hundreds of people.
Klaudia has appeared at many websites and even magazines: Hegre-Art, Penthouse Germany (August 2008, she is on the cover), VIP-Nudes, and probably a lot of other places of which I am unaware.
BodyinMind is one of the few websites that I have come to relish. There is a clear difference in their approach to nudes, which is far from being characterized by misogyny, carelessness, or blind commodification. The pictures are full of respect for female beauty. I think that there's nothing worse than horribly profaning a woman's beauty through carelessness or mindless greed, which pretty much summarizes the approach of most of the websites.
I like it when beauty is represented for the wonderful representation of morals that it is, which is the unique approach of BodyinMind and Super Beauty, an approach that is indeed very rare and hard to grasp by many.
That's one of the reasons why I like BodyinMind, and why I like their pictures of Klaudia.
How can we survive in a world of lies? We can take a look in the mirror, is what we see who we really are. Sometimes we can see beauty, at others we can see pure hypocrisy.
Just notice the reflection of pure beauty, of values gone-by, of a spirit that's carefree. Look at morality, staring you in the eye and asking you, how can't you see?!
We were born to be free. Shackled in chains we can no longer see, the beauty that was childhood's fantasy.
Why is it so, I shall wonder, but till then, how can we claim that we are alive when we smother the soul of humanity, beauty.
This is a beautiful new set from Body In Mind, which is accompanied by the following paragraph by Dwayne Bell:
"We at Body in Mind are always telling people that beauty can save the world. And we mean it. But rarely does a beauty come along who perfectly illustrates our point. How does it work? Simple. If you're a young man, and you're healthy and possess a normal sex drive, you will find Klaudia very beautiful, and you will begin to fantasize about her. If you have a mind you will fantasize not only about sex with her, but about having her as a girlfriend, about her falling in love with you and so on. And if you're a moral man, you will know that to make this happen you will have to earn it, you will have to impress her as much as she's impressed you. And to do that, you will have to do something great. That is how beauty will save the world. It makes intelligent, moral men great. Start saving yourself, and the world, today, at Body In Mind." - Dwayne Bell
While I have a lot of respect for Dwayne Bell and Body In Mind, I have to disagree with what he has said in the previous paragraph.
It may be true that this is how inspiration works for some people, I am not sure as this has never been the way in which I saw the power of beauty.
Young men aren't the only ones who admire beauty, there are a lot of older men who do appreciate this beauty as much as any young man or even better, as their own interpretation of the images comes from a long experience in life and not hormonal urges, which isn't the way with which all young men view those images.
Men fantasize about a lot of things, they may fantasize about celebrities or various women. While they may think that all those women are beautiful, it's not always so. Universal beauty transcends attraction or even fantasy, it may invoke the powers of imagination and the sense of morality that is present in all human beings, but it doesn't yield to basic instincts.
What a person described in that paragraph experiences is not beauty, it is a combination of greed and sexual desire, which should not undergo a process of rationalization in order to be considered normal or natural. I don't think that a lot of people have fantasized about having sex with a subject of a classical painting that contains a nude representation of female beauty.
Unfortunately, I feel that Dwayne is somehow endorsing this kind of possessive behavior. I don't really think that making Klaudia sound like a trophy or a material thing to be earned is the right way to talk about beauty or its ability to alleviate pain or inspire heroic actions. I somehow feel that this concept was infiltrated by the current consumption trends: you can earn whatever you want as long as you work for it.
This view is somehow self-centered and doesn't give Klaudia the appreciation she deserves. A person who forgets the gaze and the eyes for a woman's bosom loses a lot. Bosoms are shared by all women, they're something that is dictated by physiological processes, or in other words are purely physical. The beauty I see is deeper than that, even though a lot of it may be based on the imagination of certain traits and psychological qualities, it is far more complex than simple curves, and most importantly more unique.
Beauty belongs to the realm of the abstract, the elusive ethereal qualities of life that can positively influence our actions. Not the realm of mindless sexual impulses or sexual fantasies.
For instance, what mainly attracted me to this gallery was the gaze of Klaudia and her attitude. A power manifests itself in her dark lucid eyes that almost belongs to the world or mythical heroines, she looks as if she's determined to achieve something. Imagination takes it from there, what is it that she's trying to achieve? Is it the end of all wars? Is it an ultimate cure for cancer? Is it the end of suffering?
She then becomes a role model, a source of true inspiration. Her beauty to me is that she, at least in my head, is trying to save the world, trying to do what no other human being has dared to do, she wants to stop people from harming each other, she doesn't care about fame as long as she does the noble thing.
I am not saying that this is what every man sees. I can't claim to know how others view the world, but in all cases I hope that they're not seeing it in the way that Dwayne has described.
A door, a portal preceding a passage to the truth, to whoever you really are, to what you can achieve.
The light of your inner self is shining through the door, only the naked truth stands there awaiting your taking the right step inside and starting the journey of lifetime exploration. Reminding you that you're not a machine and that you can think for yourself.
While it may seem unlikely that an ordinary digital picture can help you achieve all of this, it's not true. There's a lot of work involved before you can stop seeing the bodies, especially that most of us has been taught to only see the outer shell, why?!
I have mentioned the reasons many times, but I will repeat them once again:
1- That view helps complete societies in exploiting women, how many references to heterosexual sex are there in a Hollywood movie? Why are some movie fans obsessed with the occasional "wardrobe malfunctions"?
2- It helps in increasing the wealth of some human beings(the widespread subspecies known as Homo avaricious).
3- Politicians and religious leaders(the two occupations are very similar) will always find something to blame for their failures, and you too will find something to blame for your own failures. This takes away the burden of having to converse with that critical "inner voice".
4- This helps in making you gradually obtain the concept of a "perfect body", and then spend thousands of hours talking to your wife/yourself about how you should look like and what you need to do in order to look like that.
5- You can always pay money for porn producers, there are huge amounts of money involved.
6- You have the freedom to treat women the way you want to.
7- Women won't be able to have any voices when everyone's too busy fantasizing about what their clothes cover.
8- You can always be a slave to your sexual urges.
There's a lot more, but I will probably mention them later.
I find it highly offensive and even disgusting when I realize that some people will never be able to get past Tracy's body. It's hard to miss the beauty in the pictures, but somehow they have learned to be too distracted by the shallow anatomy.
I don't rate this gallery as one of Body in Mind's best galleries, Tracy has a lot of make-up on(If it's her choice then I respect that, but we should be able to dissociate between hazardous chemicals and beauty). The gallery isn't that monotonous, but doesn't offer the variety of innovative images that I have come to expect from Body in Mind, nonetheless I did appreciate the overall idea behind the gallery and didn't want you to miss it.
Think, respect, be inspired!
Nudity will destroy the world. This statement is very true, and I definitely agree with it. However, before thinking that I have lost my mind please read on to hear my explanation.
I have often heard this sentence throughout my life, it's one of the prevalent ideas in any conservative household. I took it for granted, but I still believe in it. Yes, I do spread nudity and beauty...do I want our world to be destroyed?
Let me first paraphrase what that sentence means to me. Nudity will destroy the world as we know it, we all know the power and the inspiration of beautiful and tasteful nudes. As Dwayne Bell has argued many times, beauty rouses human ethics. Many have argued that an ethical society will be harmonious.
The world that we live in may suffer from corruption and a general lack of ethical conduct, greed in our consumer societies is literally consuming every good value that we have, it's about who can control his greed and who can not. I imagine it like a battle between your good side(ethics) and the bad one(greed), greed has a lot of powerful weapons in our modern world and that's why it reigns. However, if tasteful nudes can empower our good side and help us in surmounting the difficulties of our lives we shall be able to lead an ethical life.
Once ethics have this amazing power, the world as we know it will change, thus it will be destroyed....for good.
Never underestimate the power of tasteful nudes like those of Klaudia from Body In Mind.
Make your good side win!
I wonder about the reason that has attracted me to this gallery. Klaudia is beautiful, the lighting is good, and Chris Ruegge is one of the masters of nude photography, but I still am not able to pinpoint the exact reason I find this gallery that attractive or even why I have decided to add it to Graceful Nudes.
I am quite sure that the reason isn't Klaudia's perfect body as I rarely choose a gallery because the model has a beautiful body, but it may be her face: it looks very familiar and there's this gentle beauty in it that makes you feel that you've admired Klaudia for years. It's a shame that we forget how powerful the model's facial beauty can be.
Anyway, The reason behind my addition of this gallery may not be that clear to me, but I am sure that you will enjoy this beautiful Body In Mind gallery by Chris Ruegge.
This is a gallery by the renowned Chris Ruegge, he is clearly a master of lighting and his fascination with the female form can be easily seen through his works. I still remember his gallery of Ivette at Body In Mind which did show the charm of the female form just like this gallery.
The main reason I chose this gallery was because it could gracefully highlight the heavenly curves of the beautiful female form of Linda. If I were to judge, I would say that this is one of the most tasteful galleries that I have seen on Body In Mind.
I hope that you will enjoy this graceful gallery of Linda in Liquid from Body In Mind.
Body In Mind sometimes features truly beautiful and inspiring galleries and I feel that some of their galleries could have used some more attention. The problem isn't with their highly-skilled photographers or their heavenly beautiful models, I believe the problem lies in the instructions they give to the photographers, this gallery is beautiful. But, there are some negative things about it, the most noticeable of them is what seems to be a problem with Tracy's right eye and the make-up. I can't really think of any woman who sun tans with make-up on. Women are supposed to enjoy nudity as a way of escaping the prevalent lies about beauty in our modern world, showing the innate beauty everyone has.
I personally prefer the shape of the female bodies because they aren't as muscular as male ones (most male models are body builders) and because of the attractiveness and the beauty of the female form. I enjoy the beauty of the model not because she's skinny or because she looks like a super model, I enjoy it because it presents a natural form of beauty, but when the natural look of the model is tainted with excessive make-up or any extraneous element the images become quite distracting. This is one of the reasons I prefer simple nudes to super nudes, they are more simple and more natural.
I will ignore my partisan inclinations towards simple nudes for a while and concentrate on highlighting the positive things about this gallery. First, it's a gallery by Chris Ruegge who's a renowned photographer known for producing beautiful nudes, Tracy is beautiful in the most graceful of ways, the location is good, there are no people around which makes the model feel more relaxed(I have an impression that she wasn't that relaxed at the time of this photo shoot), and it was shot outdoors (leaving an impression of the model feeling free). The last few images are better even though they aren't that innovative, I don't see the point behind making the model stand on some grass and shooting her.
The gallery is beautiful, but if you work at BiM, please tell your boss that the whole point of the images shouldn't be to depict the nude female form, but rather to combine the beauty of the female form with a lot of other elements to produce inspiring galleries. Remember, there's a very thin line between good nudes and pornographic nudes.
OK, I can hear some of you thinking, if he doesn't like this gallery that much then why is he adding it?! I am adding this gallery because it's beautiful, I tend to exaggerate the negative points about a gallery when I feel that it could have featured images which are of a better quality if those little extraneous details were removed. Make-up reminds me of the world of glamour, which isn't quite compatible with tasteful nudes. I am one of those who believe that fashion can be the biggest enemy of true beauty, combining some fashion elements with your pictures can produce good results(e.g Brigham Field), but it doesn't always produce beautiful results.
Anyway, I hope that you will enjoy this gallery of Tracy from BodyInMind.
There are a lot of things that I respect about Body In Mind, and one of those things is the graceful way with which they show their models. They actually do spend a lot of time with their models and they know how to make a model have fun in front of the camera without feeling vulnerable. I believe this is one of the reasons their galleries are that beautiful, you just can't make a person you know look bad and you just can't objectify him/her when you don't treat him/her as an object.
For example, in the description of this gallery they say "He learned there's a lot going on behind Ivette's beautiful blue eyes. She's not only gorgeous but intelligent; quiet but ambitious." -Body In Mind, You can understand now why their galleries are never disrespectful and why they don't do a lot of unnecessary close-ups, getting close to the model doesn't mean putting your camera lens 2 centimeters away from their bodies, it means taking the time to understand their desires, dreams, and fantasies.
I hope that you will have a lot of fun viewing this marvellous gallery from BodyInMind.