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The Naked and the Lens: A Guide For Nude Photography (249 Page Mega Full Coloed eBook)

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Beauty is character and expression. However, there is nothing in Nature with more character than the human body. By its force or its grace it evokes the most varied images. At times, it resembles a flower—the flexion of the torso imitates the stem, the smile the breasts, the head and the sheen of the hair represent the blooming of the corolla... And at other times, the human body curved back is like a spring, a beautiful bow on which Eros adjusts his invisible arrows. And then there are times when it forms an urn. The human body, is above all the mirror of the soul and that is where its greatest beauty comes from. —Auguste Rodin This is an invitation to come exploring. If you’re interested in shooting fine art nudes, whether you have shot some already or not, this book is for you. However, it’s as much about art photography as it is about nudes per se. At its heart, the book is about four questions: What constitutes a fine art nude? How are different artists approaching the genre? How does a photo work? And what’s involved in translating artistic vision into a picture? This is an encouragement to color outside the lines. It’s a demonstration of the vast range of approaches to the nude in fine art photography. If you have already been shooting nudes and you’re looking for inspiration, I hope that some of the examples in this book give you fresh ideas. If you are looking for a conceptual foundation for your work, and not just a look or a theme to explore, you may be especially interested in Parts I and IV. I have also included resource lists at the end of each chapter, which may put you in touch with other sources of inspiration. This book is about cross-pollination. We live in a culture that often overemphasizes specialization. The “Renaissance” man or woman is a rare breed, and if you look at most books on the topic of nude photography, they’re narrowly focused. It’s easy to find books that are only about lighting, or posing, or retouching, for example. You can find books that focus purely on art theory, and you can find monographs—the work of a single artist, often about a single project. What’s harder to find is a book that attempts to integrate the various ways of thinking about making nudes. Instead of focusing narrowly, I wanted to trace the overall topography of the world of the fine art nude in photography. It’s also easy to stay anchored in the present, looking only at contemporary work, and only at photography. There are many refer- ences to art history here, beyond the history of photography. I also examine some of the technical aspects of a field that has always been the product of a marriage between art and technology. We’re in a culture that is obsessed with surface, and we are inundated with disposable imagery. This is a call to create photos that offer more in the second and subsequent viewings. In the United States, we are also living in a post-Mapplethorpe, post- “wardrobe malfunction” era, where nudity is “not safe for work” and censorship has an economic motivation. If your ideas are provocative, chances are you’ll meet with resistance in showing your work. While I didn’t want to grant too much importance to that resistance, I also wanted to acknowledge that it is there, and discuss some of its long history. In the end, it’s about you making the art that you are inspired to make. I thought it was important to write a book that emphasizes the choices you can make, rather than telling you what to think. Thus, you are holding my humbly submitted attempt at an inter- disciplinary approach to the field of the fine art nude photograph, drawing from art, science, and history. I hope that you will find it interesting, inspiring, and perhaps even liberating.

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