Do you know the difference between artistic nude and pornography? I don't! Although several photographers have tried to explain the difference to me, I still have trouble differentiating between the two! In the eyes of a professional photographer, these are two different things. So I let it be as it is. The tricky part is not the differentiation but whom do you share these pictures with. This is what I understood when I attended a monthly gathering of photography enthusiasts in Paris.
During such gatherings, many photographers showcase their best works with the rest of the group. So here I was with a professional photographer analyzing the results of the various photo shoots by another professional photographer. The results were stored on a Samsung tablet. Being a novice, the person I was with patiently explained the finer points in detail. According to him, the finer points were the composition and post processing. Even a novice can hardly argue on these points.
That is when a woman moves nearer to us hoping to participate in the conversation. She has no idea as to what we are discussing. The passion might have been evident on our faces which made her interested. On seeing the woman, the person I was with placed the tablet on a table near to him but far away from the woman. The ensuing conversation was awkward and funny at the same time.
Woman: *raises eyebrows* So, are you not going to share the photographs?
Person I was with: *sheepish grin while searching for an answer*
Me: *looking elsewhere trying hard to suppress the smile*
Person I was with: *weak voice* They are not mine.
Woman: *not buying the answer and looking intently for more explanation*
Acquaintance: *gathers courage* Actually, these are glamorous photos. These have to be shared by the owner.
Me: *almost chokes on hearing the word glamorous*