Today’s Guardian has a piece in which Dr. Victoria Bateman, an economics professor at Cambridge University, discusses having posed for a nude painting. And rather delightful it is, too.
More to the point, she has proudly allowed her name to be added to it on the basis that it challenges pre-conceptions of nude models. Often, I guess, the assumption will be that they are airheads, people who pose merely for money and aren’t particularly clever. I guess we make the same assumptions about photographic models too. So does it mean we need to re-assess how we view art or nude photography? I think it does.