Warning: Erection Pictures. Part I and II are the same story but with different pictures. Part II is available to readers on my protected list, if you’d like to see this and my other protected posts, please read this.
A friend and fellow model commented that he’d never show an artistic photograph of his erection. I was tempted to ask why, but there are a lot of good reasons for this, long rooted in the nudist and the artistic communities. An erection at a nudist colony, for example, is a direct (pardon the pun) sign of the very sexual arousal that nudist communities eschew, and may be grounds for automatic ejection from the resort. The same goes for a male model posing for an art class, where is nude presence is only justified by a legitimate need to replicate the nude figure on canvas or paper, an event which should be devoid of any type of arousal. In fact, not only would an aroused male miss the point of an art session, but it would be a disservice to the artists since it’d be almost impossible to maintain for the duration of the pose without, well, stimulation.
All of these, I’m sure, are the basis for my friend’s informed reservations against erections in nude art.
I, however, have a different take.
I believe that artistic photography exists in a realm that’s different than life drawings or nudism. Nude photography is made powerful by the subject’s physical vulnerability, and a person’s sensuality is an extension of that.
I’ve said it over and over again, that the penis does not get the credit it deserves for its beauty, and the erect penis even more so.
If the nude figure’s vulnerability is what makes a nude powerful, than an erection can, if shown properly, can only enhance the strength of the work since you’re actually seeing the true strength of the penis in the context of the picture. An erection is the physical display of a male’s prowess, energy, and readiness to provide pleasure. It is, also, the epitome of his vulnerability, as his erection presents everything that makes him a man for complete inspection, leaving no doubt as to the magnitude of his prowess.
To be clear, there are many places where erections do not belong, even when nudity is acceptable. Traditional art platforms. Family-oriented nudist resorts. Locker rooms. However, they should be a feature in artistic nude photography, since sensuality is a natural component of art nudes. It is, however and rightly so, a very touchy subject, and the artist and model must be careful to avoid crossing the line between sensual or erotic photography and simply making pornography. But, it can be done, and erections should be a celebrated part of artistic male nude photography.