The moment behind the art nude, self-portrait.
I don't shoot nudes all the time. I used to. There is one photo in particular in my gallery which I look at and go 'gosh, the nudity in this photo just plain confuses me and gets in the way of the concept' so it is definitely an issue, this 'If Its Naked, Its Art' thing which many people do.
I don't think I ever set out to shoot a 'pretty, art nude image' but sometimes I end up with one. My concepts evolve over the shoot as I try out new things, fail, give up, quietly swear in German and try something else. Sometimes, mid-struggle, I see an art nude image or realise that nudity is required for the shot. An hour later my housemate will wander into my room to ask why my underwear is lying in a pile on the living room floor.
When it comes down to the 'why shoot nudes' question, this is the answer which I keep returning to: people who like to photograph the human form do so because they find it a beautiful, intriguing and mysterious thing, a thing to be investigated because i