Friday, January 21, 2011

The Naked and the Nude

The Naked and the Nude


In appreciating the beauty of Asian Men, sometimes, I can not stop myself from being analytic and too academic. For some time, I tend to interchange the terms naked and nude when referring to an unclothed god (or hunk) until i stumbled upon this author Louis Giannetti of the book Understanding Hollywood.


Giannetti (2008) gives an interesting differentiation of the naked and the nude:

For Giannetti (2008), the term nude or seminude is for a picture meant to be looked at, meant to be admired....We're drawn to the sensual beauty of the sculpted bodies, and we want to touch, perhaps possess. Wherein, naked is usually embarrassed to be seen publicly without clothes on (Ibid.).

Moreover, Francisco(2000) in the foreword of the Brief Encounters (2000) defines the following terms:

  • Fashion - showing the garment (in this case, product) being worn (or use as a cover) by the model who exudes style and mood
  • Advertising - promoting visible products
  • Abstract nude - depersonalizes the model by eliminating the face
  • Beefcake - brings out the texture and tone of the model;s body while his eyes are suggesting frankness and intimacy
  • Erotic - having an air of mystery, soft focus, and low-lighting that creates shadowy effects

The following photos illustrate the use of high contrast lighting that emphasizes the texture and angles of the body.

Click here for the pics


yamapi
Yamapi




Aum Atichart Chumnanont
Aum Atichart Chumnanont

Alfred Vargas
Alfred Vargas

Brent Javier
Brent Javier


Victor Basa
Victor Basa

Lawrence Liang
Lawrence Liang







References:

Giannetti, L. D. (2008). Understanding movies. Pearson Education, Inc.: Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458


Francisco, B. (2000). Brief encounters. Metropolis Publishing: Manila, Philippines.

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