Every morning we are in our home on the prairies, we sit in the living room looking out the front window with coffee in one hand with our free hands holding each other. It is a ritual that has endured for years upon years. When we are not at home, the coffee is there, usually, though nothing else is predictable. Of course, the only clothing worn, if anything is a robe to guard against the chill as we normally turn the heat down for the night.
Obviously I borrowed this image from somewhere on the ‘net. I am looking to use other images than just of me from time to time, images that help tell a story. But why, you might ask, do I use mostly images of naked people? Is it about voyeurism? Is it about exhibitionism? Or, is there more that is to be said for using images that contain nudity?
To begin to answer this question, since this site is about exploration of the human psyche which is hidden beneath the clothing we wear and the skin that contains us, nude images add another dimension to the conversation, a dimension that often slips beneath the level of consciousness, to a layer called the subconscious. Beneath that layer there is a fully unconscious dimension that is a chaotic blend of personal and collective unconscious contents. The only language that works if one is to ever “connect” at some level with this unconscious, is through images. Images that use clothing, have their use, but that use is limited in terms of the unconscious.
Now, using images with nudity does present a few issues for readers, and perhaps even for myself. I question the use of full nudity where genitals are seen. As a result, I typically “crop” images to make them “safe” images. But, safe for whom? When I paint images that come out of my dreams, there has been no cropping. Those images presented themselves to me without the need to be sensitive. If anything, these images arrive as is to challenge me, to make me be honest with myself.
How about for you as a reader here? Would full nudity get in the way for you? Would exposed genitals have you retreat from reading the content of these posts? Does the cropping of images cause some sort of assault upon you? So much more to consider, questions to ask, but I think it is time to put the post up and see if there is any reaction to my questions. Now, it’s time for me to get another cup of coffee.