Category Archives: Artistic Nude Photography

Looking For The Unexpected

Model: Manzanita

Late photographer/artist Robert Mapplethorpe was once quoted as saying “I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.”

Model: Mischief Vixen

Model: Alex

These words have resonated with me for some time, and have been a driving motivation when working with art nude models.

Model: Diane

Model: Stilt

I like to challenge all involved in a particular project to strive for this creative innovation.

Model: Anya

Model: Brooke Lynne

Sometimes this means going beyond what was originally planned, and allowing the imagination to move a shoot in other directions.

Models: Orixx, Spilt Sugar, Unbearable Lightness

One might say that the final image was a result of a creative accident, but I like to think of it as pushing ourselves to go further until the desired result is finally realized.

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Beauty Standards Destroyed

In my recent collaboration with two talented models Mischief Vixen and Anonymous model, I had the rare opportunity to explore elegance and beauty far beyond that which is culturally standard.  The juxtaposition and contrast of two very different model types was not the main goal. Rather, our aim was to embrace humanity with passion, positivity and understanding.  Without regard to societal expectations, it is my hope that the viewer will appreciate the elements of beauty that we all possess as human beings.

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Hanging On A Ledge

Model: Breanna Marie, 2015

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The Body as Landscape

Model: Marie LeFlure, 2012

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Inspired by Simplicity

Sometimes the simplest set-up can result in dramatic results.  I feel that has been achieved here with beautiful figure model (Anonymous).  The idea was to backlight the model in soft light with just a reflector from the front for subtle fill.  This way, I could maintain the desired amount of contrast to accentuate the lines created by Ms. Juliana.

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A Study In Curves

I find it interesting how the esthetic qualities of curves seems to have universal appeal.  From classic sculpture to modern architecture, curves have been used in art throughout history.  I often wonder why we are attracted to the fluid energy of smooth shapes found in curves.  Perhaps it is a reminder of our own organic roots.  Nevertheless, I truly enjoy the discovery of what shapes can be formed while working art models.

Model: SBass, 2011

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Living In A Bubble

This image is from a 2009 series with Chicago based model Claudine.  I really enjoy exploring model’s interactions with various shapes.  The fluidity of Claudine’s posing worked so well with this unusual prop.

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From Nova Scotia With New Perspectives

For several years, I have admired the work of  Steve Richard, a fine art photographer from Halifax, Nova Scotia (find his work here).  He creates the type of photography  that is full of dark mystery and simply pulls the viewer in.  When experiencing his work, I am first struck by the beauty and sensitive elegance of it all.  But then several questions come to mind; “What is happening? Is this possible? How is this done?”  Just recently, I had the opportunity to learn many answers behind his images.

When browsing through Steve’s website, I noticed that he was offering workshops in fine art nude photography.  Though it’s a bit of a hike for me to get to Nova Scotia, I felt compelled to join his most recent workshop.  So off I went!

Upon meeting him, I immediately felt at ease.  I found Steve to be down to earth, practical and with no pretensions (a rarity among some artist at that level!).  Also, the models, assistant and other participants were very friendly and helpful.  Overall, it was a great group of people and a sense of camaraderie grew as the weekend went on.

All of the participant’s questions were answered without hesitation.  Steve was more than willing to “open his kimono” (as he liked to say) and share his knowledge without holding back.  One of the most impressive things about his work is that very little to no post processing is done.  He gets it right in camera and refuses to “fix” things later.  Many of the seemingly impossible shots are often illusions (some complex, while others surprisingly simple), not done in Photoshop, but created by clever solutions and a vivid imagination.  Alas, many “secrets” of his art were revealed!

But there was so much more to gain from this workshop than I had imagined.  Steve raised many more questions and made me really think about what I am trying to accomplish in my art.  I felt challenged and inspired and came away with renewed energy for my future projects.  I can unequivocally say that there will be changes to my approach and how I create.

The following are some images  I produced during the workshop.  Feel free to offer feedback, as I think you will notice a difference from what I normally do.  I’m excited and very interested to see where my work goes from here.  Models are Karen and Elizabeth.

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Revisiting Projects From The Past

I find it interesting how time can affect ones perspective.  Be it due to life experiences or simply a change in attitude, one’s perception of something can change considerably.  An example of this for me is how my tastes in music continues to change.  I might start listening to an artist or style that at one time I found unappealing, then suddenly I have a real appreciation for it.

On the eve of working with a model that I have not seen or worked with in six years, I decided to revisit our old projects to gain new perspective on what we have done.  The idea was to choose images that I originally nixed from the final edit and look at them with a fresh set of eyes.  I was pleasantly surprised on the number of new images that I could really appreciate.  I ask myself; “How could I have overlooked this one?”  I guess time has a funny way of altering ones vision.  Some of these newly discovered images are nearly 8 years old.  Strangely, there’s an excitement to working with them today as if they were recently captured.

The model is Alex, a wonderfully talented and lovely young woman.  After a much too long hiatus, we have plans to create new art at the end of the month.  I look forward to seeing how we both have evolved and what may come of our collaboration.

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Zack

I don’t get the opportunity to work with the male subject very often, but I certainly enjoy the challenge.  The following are some images from my second project with model Zack.  He resides in Arizona, but has ties to the Ann Arbor Area.  On one of his trips to Michigan, he contacted me for another photo session.  He brought a friend with him who was interested in joining the shoot for a few images as well.  I was happy to oblige, and I really like the results.

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