Controversy? This is something that photographers, artists and people in the media tend to cause. But what is it actually? Controversy has been defined as a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of opinion. (And remember, everyone has an opinion.)
But what causes controversy? Sometimes it is one group of people wanting another group to not do what they are doing. There was a very tame photograph of Miley Cyrus shot by Annie Leibovitz that caused quite a stir a couple of years ago. Some people said it was an outrage, I still do not understand why. There are photos of a very young Brooke Shields and Mila Jovovich that were racier than the Miley Cyrus photo, and although some of the images of Brooke Shields did cause a little bit of controversy it seems that the amount of attention depends on who the controversy is about.
One of my favorite photographer’s of all time seemed to live to create controversial images. Helmut Newton was always pushing boundaries and did not listen to what the media or others had to say about him. He would even mock himself and call himself a “pornographer” because that is what some people had labeled him as being.
Many times nudity is put in the same category as sexuality. Some people believe that they go hand in hand, I totally disagree! A nude image does not have to be sexual at all. Look at some of the greatest art of the past 2000 years, how many of them have been nude? The statue of David doesn’t really look to sexual to me.
Here are some people who have pushed boundaries and have been both ridiculed and loved!
I could go on and on with this list but I think you get the point. There is a quote from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich that I think I will end this post with. “Well behaved women rarely make history.”
I promise to do my best in the future to misbehave as much as possible!