It seems to me that the category we call "fine art" or "artistic nude" is, well, a nude but with the eroticism (whatever that is) extracted out of it. Most of my photography definitely tries to appeal to either the viewer's sexuality or their sense of humor/surrealism. But, back in the early 90s when I was taking photography classes, I had run-ins with some of the faculty who did not approve of "erotic" photography; they wanted "fine art." So I kept asking them "what is 'fine art'?" What makes an image "artistic" as opposed to erotic? As far as I can tell, what you have to do is subtract out all the things that you think might give the viewer a bit of a thrill. Is that right? In this shot, there's no alluring expression, no curves of pert little breasts, no buttocks presented for action - perhaps someone who likes the soles of her little feet might get a little thrill from this, but otherwise is it boring?
Model is Keira Grant