Getting Over Shame Through Nude Photography

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About Philip Werner

Philip Werner is a Melbourne based photographer, we-designer, gardener, engineer, peace activist, and sensitive little boy hiding in a man's body.
Born in Germany, he grew up next to fields and forests on the outskirts of Hamburg until his parents got tired of the cold war in the mid '80s and brought the family to Australia for a warmer climate.
After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney, Philip became disillusioned with the workabee world and sought refuge in various community projects and in his artistic pursuit, photography.
Intelligent (can be over analytical), self confident (sometimes arrogant), inquisitive (can be intrusive), well traveled (a little jaded), full of ideas (when not cynical), thoughtful (can be pensive), very good listener (articulate), honest (sometimes too open); likes his humour dry. Post-mainstream, post-freak, post-new-age, post-nerd/geek, post-philosophy, neo-nothing.

Comments

  1. FlyingKal says:

    Hi Philip and thanks for sharing.

    Your story evoked a memory in me. I’m pretty fit and have always been exercising, but I’ve never figured it to be good enough, largely because i’ve never received any comments or compliment about it.
    Anyway, a couple of years ago I met a female artist who did both nude photography and charcoal writing (there’s a special word for that that I can’t come up with right now…), and she complained about the lack of male models available. After thinking about it for a couple of days, I offered to model for her. But she never even answered my proposal. Not really sure how to interpret that…

    • Hi FlyingKal, I would suggest you don’t attempt to interpret it at all and simply ask :) Good on you for stepping into your courage!

  2. wellokaythen says:

    I wonder what a feminist reaction to your work would sound like. On the one hand, the experience seems to be empowering for women in terms of their own body images But, on the other hand, the tumblr photos look like objectification, pure and simple. Isn’t all of this merely objectifying women, and isn’t all objectification bad? I’m so confused that I had to look at them all several times…..

    • Hi wellokaythen, good question. I think it is confusing because there is no one “feminism” and many different people who identify as feminists have many different opinions. From that point of view I don’t think there is a “feminist” reaction so much as simply different personal reactions. I personally don’t see my photography as “objectifying” in any negative sense of the word, but people are free to judge them as they will.

      • But feminism supposedly means different things to different people. Wouldn’t their be at least a possibility that their own variation of feminism would inform their personal reactions?

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