Go ab­stract

Shoot al­lur­ing ab­stracts for cap­ti­vat­ing nude im­agery

Digital Photograper - - Artistic Nudes -

Some­times less is more when it comes to nude pho­tog­ra­phy and leav­ing things to the imag­i­na­tion can cre­ate a far more in­trigu­ing im­age. “Pho­tograph­ing an ab­stract nude is in­spir­ing yet chal­leng­ing. Ab­stract nudes cre­ate a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and class that makes you ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of the body. It is dif­fi­cult to cre­ate an artis­tic nude that has the shock and wow fac­tor with­out be­ing over­sex­u­alised. The nude nat­u­rally draws at­ten­tion and when com­bined with dra­matic light­ing and a great pose, it can cre­ate a pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive im­age,” says Parker.

Fo­cus on spe­cific parts of the body and iso­late the most sen­sual and strik­ing shapes. Shoot­ing ab­stracts of the hu­man body is a way of tak­ing the overt nu­dity out of the im­age and in­stead draws all fo­cus to the lines and shapes. It forces the viewer to look care­fully at the lines, shapes, shad­ows and high­lights and ap­pre­ci­ate them as a work of art rather than just an im­age of a naked body.

“To­day images are ev­ery­where, and it is get­ting in­creas­ingly harder to at­tract at­ten­tion. Ev­ery­where you look, there are images of peo­ple – of­ten us­ing the body as a way of get­ting at­ten­tion, likes, creat­ing con­tro­versy and so on, but the only way to keep achiev­ing that is to do things even more ‘over the top’ ev­ery sin­gle time. The end re­sult is that you as a viewer be­come im­mune to what you see,” ex­plains Nielsen.

“I have never thought of my work as ab­stract. To me it is the sim­plic­ity of one model, one

light and of­ten very lim­ited post-pro­cess­ing. I think of my work with bodyscapes as sim­ple and true to the mod­els. But I ap­pre­ci­ate them be­ing seen as ab­stract. That means that I have done a good job.

“My in­spi­ra­tion has al­ways been my love for art his­tory. I get just as much in­spi­ra­tion in an­cient Greek art, the work of masters of light like Rem­brandt as I do on 500px or In­sta­gram. I love do­ing crazy re­touch­ing for fash­ion, love the pos­si­bil­ity of creat­ing sur­real photos and spend­ing hours on mak­ing some­thing re­ally spe­cial. I take a ‘less is more’ ap­proach. The aim is to make aes­thetic photos that are more

“The aim is to cause the viewer to no­tice the beauty, the lines and the light rather than the nu­dity”

likely to cause the viewer to no­tice the beauty, the lines and the light rather than fo­cus­ing on nu­dity. The con­sen­sus in many places is that nu­dity is of­fen­sive and only re­lates to sex, and I be­lieve that is a bad ap­proach and cre­ates a cul­ture where the body is shamed, for­bid­den – and can only be shown to play on sex. I would like my work to be viewed as peo­ple would view paint­ings in a gallery.

“As a pho­tog­ra­pher, I have the power to show only what I want the viewer to see. Peo­ple feel drawn to what they don’t see. A photo that shows too much is not in­ter­est­ing for more than a split sec­ond. Ab­stract photos can be in­trigu­ing and be some­thing you can look at again and again.

“Many mod­els of mine have their photos hang­ing on their walls at home. Since they are al­most ex­clu­sively anony­mous, they don’t feel ex­posed, and guests only see it as art. I love the idea of some­one ad­mir­ing a photo on the wall while un­know­ingly ac­tu­ally talk­ing to the model on it. Had it been an­other genre other than ab­stract, that might not have been pos­si­ble.”

Left Al­lur­ing

More ab­stract nudes

en­able us to greater ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of the nat­u­ral hu­man body in its rawest form

In­set Shapes and curves

By fo­cus­ing more on the shapes of the model’s body,

at­ten­tion is drawn away from the nu­dity and more to the im­age as a work of art

Left Bodyscape

cre­ate images where it isn’t all about the nu­dity but it is in­stead about the shape and lines

Above Shapely

ab­stract shots are great ways to take the overt nu­dity out of the equa­tion

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