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The Exquisite Beauty of Nudes

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Photo by Gediminas Žilinskas


Nudes!  Bare skin, pornographic exploitation, perfection revealed.  So many interpretations.  In the thousands of years that flesh has been tasted, caressed, coveted; in the untold mediums and treatments, the innumerable depiction, we never cease appreciating an exquisite display of satin skin.


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There are over 250,000 nude pictures on flickr.  Choosing 12 was surprisingly simple.  Though the forms seem endless, few have the sensual lines, the subtle composition, the dramatic essence that captures the eye and the mind.  Few offer the sensual lights and darks, the shadows that reveal satin and silk textures of skin, the lilting curve that aches to be touched.


Why black and white?  Is the classic media ingrained or is there inherent virtue in the shading?

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Photo by drjamph



Photo by Groucho5


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Photo by Lida Chaulet



Photo by Dottore alias Marcello



But doesn’t  sepia work just as well?  The black tones are just as striking.  But perhaps the crispness differs. And male or female the sensuousness  is palalable.

Photo by markomungo


Photo by Dorothea


Photo by La Salsera



Perhaps it is the hint of light, the cast of shadow, the touch of brightness on the curved contours, revealing the infinite variety and lithe beauty of the the exposed landscape of flesh.  Nudes will continue to tantalize, tempt, and for some, torment in the still early morning hours.


Photo by ziliafoto



Photo by comoto2000


Photo by isaac tom tom



Photo by Khalil Goodman



I wish to recognitize and thank the many artists at Flickr, who's talents and visions captured  these awe-inspiring images :


Gediminas Žilinskas  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gzilinskas/


drjamph  http://www.flickr.com/photos/10796633@N07/


Groucho5  http://www.flickr.com/photos/groucho5/


Lida Chaulet  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lidachaulet/


Dottore alias Marcello http://www.flickr.com/photos/domar/3105844334/


Markomungo  http://www.flickr.com/photos/73543494@N00/245199227/#comment72157602247826918


Dorothea  http://www.flickr.com/photos/-dorothea-/2252751949/


La Salsera  http://www.flickr.com/photos/la-salsera/2158431699/in/set-72157602283927188/


Ziliafoto  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ziliasfotos/2401430638/in/set-72157594434760683/


comoto2000  http://www.flickr.com/photos/25194157@N06/2529355648/


isaac tom tom  http://www.flickr.com/photos/joatan_luna/2109230023/in/set-72157602774777450/


Khalil Goodman  http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalilgoodman/sets/72157594504407016/



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