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Model: Kerosene Deluxe

It was really fun shooting this with Kerosene. Normally she's vamped to the max with corsets and stockings and hairpieces. I'm honored that she trusted me to do simple nude photos with her <3

**EDIT 1/27:
Wow, I forget to check DA for a while, and I come back to see a DD :wow:

Thank you!! It's been fun reading through all the feedback and discussion
prompted by my image.

One thing I do want to note is that I feel all the people discussing the model's weight/health are missing that really, it's a bit irrelevant: what makes this photo special is that it's a stripping away of beauty armors--heavy makeup, corsets, other accouterments--which are normally used by Kerosene to create her other works. This photo is less about who she can become through styling, and more about being courageous enough to step out of her comfort zone and trust being photographed as her bare self. It would have been just as special if she had been a thin model making an exception to her standard no-nude rule.
Body comments would have happened either way- she's voluptuous, so she gets the "real woman"/"fat and unhealthy" dichotomy, whereas were she slender, I am positive there'd be the "I'm so tired of stick thin models!/eat a sandwich!" to contend with. Anyone who is photographed nude is subject to judgements about what they choose to do with their body, whether it's "perfect" enough. Can't win. Would you insult an old woman for being photographed nude because she wasn't young and sexy enough? Because this is really what all the controversy is about: be attractive in the way the viewer wants, or be bashed. Gotta give Kerosene props for shooting nude despite all that. Sometimes beauty isn't about how "healthy" (fuckable) you are.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-11
Curves of Angels by ~silvergrey The suggester says, "It's inspiring to see a woman with imperfections, that is beautiful and sexy and the lighting is striking, too. I also think it's an inspiring piece to people who don't have a "picture-perfect" body that they, too, are beautiful." Suggested by VAgentZero and Featured by Nyx-Valentine )
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! :wave:

I have used your beautiful deviation as part of my title poem project entry, found here: [link]

Have a great day! :heart:
CindyHoliday Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've always thought she is so beautiful! You've captured her perfectly. With every elegant curve and a look that draws you in and keeps you.
onedarkangelart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
frubafreak17 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture. It's so gorgeous because of how simple it is. Like you said, there are plenty of pictures of this same model with all this extra business going on, sometimes she, herself, gets pushed into the background. This brings her to life completely!

But I have to agree with your added note about all this conversating about her physical features. Everything you said, whether it be the idea that someone would say something no matter how thin or not she was or why it even matters. But you truly nailed it with your last sentence.

Nonetheless, I love this because it is an artful representation of a woman who, for once, can be seen as she naturally is. :)
tuxsuti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely and beautifully done.
Darknessdawns13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Honestly I think this is one of the most beautiful nude photos I have ever seen. I appriciate the fact that the model isn't perfect. She's a real woman like me. She has curves and a serious amount of beauty to be seen. We're all different and in our own way we are also all beautiful. This makes me think that someday even I may be able to have nice portraits made of myself.
timelessangel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I respect the fact that Kerosene was willing to come out of her comfort zone and allowed you to photograph her nude. I know I wouldn't be comfortable enough to do the same.
A2Matos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your work has been featured in - Red Carpet: Artistic Nudes & Glamour Vol.1 [link]
Congratulations =D
mijama Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
absolutely amazing.
jstuckey001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Very nice piece
thepissant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Kerosene, you are fucking hot! Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise! =D
ProphetX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
takes my breath away. She is gorgeous!
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks again for posting this beautiful portrait, Darien, of a beautiful -- and outrageous -- woman.
Steve (long past the perfect age)
TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm indifferent to nude photography, but i definitely liked the description.
Toddimus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely model.
amir72kh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
nice face , but fat ;)
HaleyGeorge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
She's perfect
legalmom Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Amber1010 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
She is fucking fabulous !! Great shot !
Persephne Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Simply beautiful... Wonderful shot, Kerosene is gorgeous woman.
DangerousRiddle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
She is beautiful, her expression shows that she knows it too.
I love the way she looks so confident of her body and her spirit. And her tatoos rocks!
Her eyes shows somehow a vulnerability that is completely unexpected, and it is the most gorgeous thing on the role image. Just gotta love it!
Tkaczka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
hinack Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Love her,so gorgeous, great shot as well .. I love the colours :)
SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I featured your beautiful work here: [link]
vaneral Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am actually really tired of seeing people recommend a photo of a heavy person, beautiful or not, and say that she is beautiful because she is brave, or imperfect, or whathaveyou. This woman is beautiful not just because she is brave, and not because she is imperfect--how fucking pretentious can you be?? She is no pity case to love because she is less than perfect--by saying that you are implying that she is only beautiful because she dares not to be. Of course, yes, perhaps I'm looking too deeply into the thousands of comments on photos like these, but gods, it's truly infuriating!

She is /beautiful/ because she loves herself, and it shows. The message here isn't 'if you don't have a picture-perfect body, you can still be beautiful'--it is, /love/ and /trust/ yourself and you'll find the beauty that was always there. This woman is truly beautiful, in body, in spirit--can't we praise that instead? Skinny or heavy, if you love yourself, you will look beautiful. If you don't, no matter how dolled up you are, it will show. Like those terribly skinny models who never seem to be able to smile... or those horrifically obese women who can't be bothered to love themselves enough to take care of basic hygiene. Neither of these types of women are beautiful--but they always could be in their unique ways.

And frankly, she's not that heavy--she looks /lovely/. She looks both strong and vulnerable. She looks like a woman.

And I love this photographer. The lighting in this--guides your eyes gently through her form, to each curve, deep or subtle. Makes you look twice, as a friend of mine said. It focuses not on her sexuality, or her tits and ass, but rather the whole of her, and makes you /look/ at her. And you see her. And gods, she's beautiful.
Niranis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student
Wow, i'm impressed by tour comment. I agree of course, she's so true, sincere and it's beautiful.
MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Comments (like this one) should get DDs, too.

Well said :)
dlambeaut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Excessive but natural (Contradiction? I think not). Sexy.
And to all those dicussing about natural beauty and stuff like that, let me say that true beauty is in sigularity, not in perfection. Something, or someone, is unique despite the prevailing aesthetic canons.
moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is stunning. Beautiful lighting!
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD! I absolutely adore this photo. The dramatic lighting is stunning and the strong shadows and slightly cool colour temperature work beautifully with the model's pale skin. I really like how the colours in the backdrop subtly mimic the colours in the model's tattoo (which is a gorgeous focal point for the image).

Having read Normally she's vamped to the max with corsets and stockings and hairpieces in your description, I Googled the model to see her other photos and you've captured a really lovely and unusual side of her in your picture. There's something fabulous about seeing a picture of someone styled differently from their usual look that still retains the essence of the person in front of the camera.
Shaiyde Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful shot!
Audrey-Ellis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I usually don't like nude photos, but this is honestly a beautiful shot.
SabertoothChikn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not hating, the picture is awesome, quality wonderful, model is beautiful! But the one thing that gets me is, I don't think I could ever take a picture of myself with my booby out's just awkward O_o but kudos to you guys :dummy:
UlaFish Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sad that the suggester chose to present this daily deviation as anything other than a beautifully executed photo of a beautiful woman. The flaw here is not in the model. There are billions of types of beauty, and I wish more of them were shared, explored, and celebrated in this way. I love the lighting and the pose. You've captured a very ethereal quality here. I would love to see a set of this model in warm, glowy colors too. I think they'd be incredibly well suited to her.
Z-In-Your-Hair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I clicked on this piece to read the comments. Not going to lie.

I find it amusing that we call her "beautiful in her own way" or "perfect just the way she is," or a "real woman."

It's like the elephant in the room. We all know she's "overweight" but we all find different ways of saying "well, that's just fine!"

What is amusing to me is that we have to make the distinction that she is beautiful despite (or because of) her weight. We are noticing it all the same, even if she is "perfect the way she is," we are acknowledging that there is some sort of "fault" and that she looks beautiful despite it.

The comments aren't about "this is a beautiful woman" or "this is a gorgeous shot" or "those are fantastic tattoos" .... it is about weight whether she is "a real woman" or a "fatty." Even those who call her beautiful are acknowledging that her weight in some way plays a part in our opinion of her. ("So what if she's got a little more fat.) My comment is no different. I chose to look at this picture because due to her weight I knew there would be some interesting comments. I wasn't disappointed.

I'm not saying that we're all calling her "fat", it is the fact that we are still judging her (even if we call her beautiful) because of her weight, one way or another. Isn't that interesting?

I think as a group instead of saying that she is a "real woman" or that she "is sexy because of her curves" we should recognize the *artist* for taking a phenomenal shot of a woman. Period.
CristianaApostol Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This has to be one of the best comments i've read here on DA, ever. And i've been around for some 6 years i think. Cheers.
Z-In-Your-Hair Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, well thanks. That's nice to hear.
SabertoothChikn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thats a long comment O_o...And most of it is probably true, I see many comments that are only there to either say how they arent interested in women like that or they don't like people with a little bit of meat. I personally don't judge on size or anything there in. The picture that the artist took is really cool. And the camera must be great to get a good quality picture. And the camera angle is also an interesting choice, but I also look at the model. I'm not judging her, I am seeing her as she is, how she lives and what her life might be. I look at people as though they are books. Each of them has a story and sometimes can be very hard to read. But for the most part I agree that people shouldnt judge because of weight. It's a picture that was meant to be this way. We should all enjoy it's uniqueness. After all, if all the pictures were the same, DeviantArt would be a very boring place. Also if this offended you in any way, my apologies. I'm just randomly spurtin out things.
Z-In-Your-Hair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thats not what my comment said at all, in any way. No worries though. you didn't read it. :)
SabertoothChikn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No I read all of it actually. And I never stated that your comment said anything. I was agreeing with points and putting my own opinion into the mesh. While going along and randomly typing my own thoughts as well. Lol maybe you didn't read my comment, it's no problem though.
Dervila Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!
Slipse Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
What a stunning shot ! imperfections equals a real person with a life and a store to tell - I love it !
BenPablo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I must be a terrible person, because I just..mehh. Un-exercised, pale women aren't quite my cup of tea.

I do like her face/facial expression. I do believe should could be a good model.
kell909 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful photograph of a beautiful woman. Congrats on the DD!
TashaNull Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally a model who resembles my body type!!
moon-sorceress Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Amazing photo!
gA-rth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
dakedoom Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have nothing against her figure, like most of these people.. but what I do mind, though it is not the deviant's fault, is that every day there is at least one naked tattooed woman in the daily deviation section. Enough is enough.

And really, I think her face is the only interesting thing here.
Nyx-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Please feel free to turn on your mature content filter, and that won't be an issue.
FAQ #93: How does the Mature Content option work?
dakedoom Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You misunderstood. I have no problem with nudity per se.. I just feel it is overdone and more so, over-represented.
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