I’m excited to complete the first quarter of the project, with shoot # 25 by the male form photographer Sam Devries from NYC.

Hugo by Sam Devries

Hugo by Sam Devries

One of the recurrent subjects (among many others) that surround 100 NUDE Shoots is the desexualization of nudity. If the vision of nudity was a common enough occurrence — free of the taboos, censorship and prohibitions that still haunt it — we could deal with it better and stop automatically relating it to sex. This would greatly benefit us towards a healthier society. By exposing myself nude in so many different ways and openly discussing the experience, I get frequently told that I’m helping other people deal with their own nudity more naturally… and that’s an awesome reward for me.

But here and now I decided to shoot and publish this nude photoshoot by Sam Devries with an obviously erotic, sexual appeal. In these images, I intentionally made sexual desire explicit. I chose to do it because I think that the taboo around sex itself is equally harmful to us. In my view, nudity is only taboo because sex is taboo in the first place. What if sex wasn’t such a sensitive, private matter? What if we could view and discuss sex, desire and eroticism as openly as we discuss culinary or politics?

Hugo by Sam Devries

Hugo by Sam Devries

Our world is actually very permissive to sex and eroticism — advertising, TV and movies are full of them — but as long as genitals are hidden or censored. Why is it that an erect penis or an exposed vulva are still so forbidden, even when actually portraying sexual acts? Why does hiding them make an equally erotic image acceptable? Is an image unworthy of the Art denomination because it’s erotic or explicit? Why does the word “explicit” bring such a negative charge? Is it sex, or the image of sex that bears the controversy? And why?

Questions abound…

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Hugo by Sam Devries

* The above photograph is available for sale as a Limited Edition Fine Art Print, shipped worldwide. When you purchase one of my Prints, you acquire an exclusive piece owned by few others and also contribute to the continuation of my work. Learn more and see the entire collection of available Prints of 100 NUDE Shoots by clicking here. Please also visit my DeviantArt Gallery if you’d like to purchase online directly (note that it is only possible to purchase using the desktop version of the DeviantArt site, and that the photographs depicting erections are not available on that platform), or contact me for rates for any other photograph. Most photographs of the project are available for purchase even when not part of the Limited Edition series.

I’m taking with shoot # 25 a diagonal step in the nudity naturalization road to state that sex itself should be also viewed without scandal. I believe if sex was also naturalized, unrestricted, uncensored, made into a common subject, there would be no more sexual guilt, no more shame, no more sexual harassment, rape, pedophilia, no more sexual exploitation. Why is it we fear sex so much? Let’s censor sexism, not sex. Let’s censor violence, discrimination, humiliation, xenophobia instead. Let’s be sex-positive.

I asked friends to submit their own views of the matter. Here’s what some of them said:

For centuries nudity has been seen as something negative, something to hide. As for sex, then, that feeling is even stronger. It is never to be exposed or discussed honestly or in-depth… Most people feel extremely uncomfortable in exposing themselves, either through nudity or through a conversation about their sex lives. These are taboos built over time thanks to human hypocrisy. Society is not prepared for the explicit to become public, but in secrecy or anonymity people freely divulge their intimacy. The clandestine is accepted, the public is not. — Rodrigo Vieira

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Erotic/sexual/explicit – some of the trigger words while growing up in rural Oklahoma in the early sixties. As the hippies were shocking the world with free love and counter culture and daisies in the barrels of guns, I was going to church, being a boy scout and doing my best to avoid hell, which I was taught would become of me if I engaged with these subjects. Now when you combine these with the imagery, it would have been a volatile mix that could get you railed at from the pulpit. Fortunately time and introspection has allowed me a different view. I will admit that deep down there are still some of those triggers, but seeing the freedom you express with your body, your nudity, your erections, your wildly different takes from each photographer, I smile. I smile at the beauty, I smile at the provocativeness, I smile because it is incredible art. Bravo. — Mark Wyrick

Hugo by Sam Devries

One has to desexualize nudity and naturalize sexuality. Many societies still bear the Christian, somatophobic and repressive heritage of sexuality, very different from the Hellenic (or Greco-Roman) mentality and free-body culture (known in Europe by the German abbreviation F. K. K.). Indeed, it makes no sense to censor the exposure of the penis and vulva, focusing censorship and modesty on organs as natural as any other parts of the human being. — Arthur Virmond de Lacerda

Hugo by Sam Devries

It is not a matter of opinion, but of looking upon the human body and upon sex as a philosophy of life to be experienced, learned, understood and above all felt. A form of humanization, of redemption of essentiality. — Ruano Berenguel

Hugo by Sam Devries

A quick word between us: this shoot by Sam Devries was published days earlier on my page on Patreon, where I also publish extras and outtakes of every new photoshoot. I count exclusively on your collaboration to continue making this Project, and I refrain from working other jobs to dedicate myself to making art full-time. If you think it is worth it, you can contribute from $1 per new photoshoot to get access to all of this extra material and to several ways you and I can interact and collaborate in making this work. Click here to choose a contribution and become my patron.

Hugo by Sam Devries - Patreon exclusives

This last image above is part of the extras from shoot # 25 by Sam Devries. If you’d like to see the other 6 outtakes from this shoot, take a moment to visit me on the Patreon platform and contribute to the project’s making. I put a lot of effort, time and resources into making 100 NUDE Shoots. In a move to make this a truly collaborative endeavor, I dedicate part of my content, such as extras, outtakes, previews, making-ofs, videos — as well as other engaging ways I created for you and I to interact — exclusively for the kind folks who contribute to my work. Join my 100 NUDE Shoots family and access the best part of the Project!

Finally, if you haven’t seen them yet, you can find the previous 24 NUDE Shoots here.