Twenty Nudes Number 13

13. Sisters

Twenty nude portraits of women that reflect their personality and lifestyle. Many of the images have been pulled from my archives and have been re-edited. A new post featuring a different sitter will appear each week

Two Sisters Nude Portrait
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Twenty Nudes Number 12

12. Fiona

Twenty nude portraits of women that reflect their personality and lifestyle. Many of the images have been pulled from my archives and have been re-edited. When I did several shoots with the subject they have been grouped into a set . A new post featuring a different sitter will appear each week

Nude gymnast

Fiona had been turned down by several other photographs because of her disability.

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Masked Nudes

Two masked nudes inspired by the painting by an anonymous artist of Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of Her Sisters.
Two topless women in masks. Inspired by the painting by an anonymous artist of Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters.

There is something intrinsically surreal about masked nudes. Everything is  displayed but we are deprived of the one thing that enables us to identify an individual human. 

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The Nude in Photography

Creative black and white nude

The nude female form elicits a number of, sometimes conflicting, potential responses from the viewer of an artwork. It can be seen as the depiction of a human being as a sex object, an anonymous manifestation of beauty or the nudity can be used to foreground aspects or themes within the picture. The most common criticism levelled at photography is that it simply imitates another art form.

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Twenty Nudes Number 9

9. Zara

Twenty naked portraits of women that reflect their personality and lifestyle. Many of the images have been pulled from my archives and have been re-edited. When I did several shoots with the subject they have been grouped into a set . A new post featuring a different subject will appear each week.

Black and white portrait of nude woman with phone
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Lighting – Daylight or Artificial?

Two nudes in window light

Daylight or Artificial Light

Nature has given us a large, bright light source complete with some very handy diffusers (clouds) which is wonderful for lighting nude photographs. Unfortunately we have no control over when these diffusers appear and, although the sun is always shinning it reaches us with varying intensity.

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One Model – One Light

Nude Photography with one light (and one model)

Keep it simple stupid is often pretty good advice. These photographs were taken in my studio with one light and one model. OK sometimes I used a reflector to lighten the shadows because the cameras dynamic range doesn’t match the human eye. What’s dynamic range? Free downloadable PDF on Exposure.

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But is it Fine Art Nude Photography?

Black and white nude
Alice Through The Looking Glass

It is very difficult to separate the artistic (fine art nude photography) of the nude from the erotic and the sexual.

    When is a nude an attempt to produce a meaningful picture
and when is it merely a body displayed for erotic titillation?

Even the word artistic carries certain connotations. Many of the paintings that are now considered works of art by old masters were created for his Lordship to hang in his personal salon. In a later era it conjures up an image of a 1950s bloke in a Trilby accosting a gent with the words  ‘Oy mate – want to buy some artistic postcards?’

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