I’ve seen a number of peeps doing a “photo a day,” sometimes for years running, on flickr. For 2 weeks now I’ve done this myself on DailyBooth. Since I use flickr to “dump” images from performances, I thought the “photo a day” might get sort of buried there, and I kind of liked the idea of “DailyBooth” or a “Daily Photo Booth Picture.”
I thought that today I might take a non-pornographic, naked photo of myself. I’m disappointed to read DailyBooth’s Community Guidlines, and learn that,
Always wear appropriate clothing. Don’t post nude, partially nude or sexually suggestive pictures.
By contrast, the only restriction in tumblr’s content policy is
Accounts that use Tumblr’s Video Upload feature to regularly upload and host sexually explicit or pornographic material will be suspended.
So, for example, this sublime Francesca Woodman self-portrait easily fits INSIDE tumblr’s policy, but, sadly, is clearly OUTSIDE DailyBooth’s policy.
I do like DailyBooth, but now the question is whether I should be starting a looooong series in such a restricted space. To think how many works by Pablo PIcasso or Edward Weston wouldn’t be allowed on DB is remarkable. Then again, who said all photo communities have to be “Mature,” there should be “child” or “family” or “work” friendly sites too, right? Maybe you just shouldn’t post “art” there, That seems very reasonable, still, the promise of Web2.0, in my eyes was the free speech we always go on about, but never really had in the world of old media.
Why Francesca Woodman’s body, or mine, is inappropriate, yet the graphic violence that sells toys to children every day on television is appropriate, I’ll never know.