In earlier posts I said that those who object to photographs of naked children do so out of a profound ignorance of a well established precedent. They also, quite noticeably, say they act in the best interests of the child without ever actually asking what the child subjects think. I have provided direct quotes from several such models in earlier posts: from Jessie Mann, Miranda and Kai Beverly-Whittemore and Misty Dawn.

Well here’s two more: Nikki and Lotte Mulder. These are Lotte’s words:

My parents thought it could have a positive effect on our self-esteem, especially that of my sister Nikki. She didn’t know she looked so gorgeous, and when you told her, she wouldn’t believeyou. But everyone looks up when she passes by.

Jock has photographed me every year from around the age of six or seven. His pictures tell the story of my life. They show me growing up. His work also portrays relationships – my relationship with my sister, and now, with my first love. I think of it as a gift. from Notes

Lotte, Vera (mother), Nikki


You can find this, and other Sturges images, at Paul Cava Fine Art. What is interesting about Lotte’s words is that she talks about posing naked as increasing her self-esteem. This is a surprisingly common theme.

The thing is, it is completely counter-intuitive to the deep-rooted idea of body shame. But it is the notion of body shame that lies at the heart of the problem of negative body image.  It must confound the moral conservatives to hear the subjects of these photos speak with pride. More on this soon…

2 Responses to The Naked Child in Art: Nikki and Lotte

  1. Los says:

    The obviously more mature Lotte beside her mother above the more youthful seeming Lotte photo below belies the impression that we are looking at an image of a nude child.
    Lotte it is obvious is not a child and of a mind to make her decisons as to whether to pose nude or not –She is not a kid being taken advantage of The photo below and its textures are simply lovely!

  2. Senoj, Dlorah says:

    For the viewers who are oblivious to true art, yet call themselves lovers of art, shove it. The only thing i see here is a well placed focus point, an amazing background, a pose, which is not normally taken well by artist or model, brought together to create great art. if you are of a troubled past then ok i see where the problem MAY lie. However, the rest of the viewers who look in shame, see it for what it really is. An innocent thought. A thought manifested. A manifested thought is now a work of art and you hate it because you couldn’t do any better.

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