I wanted to share one of my favorite photographs that resulted from a figure study photography shoot I did a couple of months ago. In the last year I’ve found myself more interested in photographing nudes. The clean lines and geometric forms found in the human figure are facinating. It’s amazing how nature automatically gives us the very material that winds up as inspiration for not only great mediums in art but also day to day design.
Just about any part of the body can speak at length of the rest. We can isolate various parts of the body to demonstrate various curves, shapes, or even emotion…the triangular effect of a bent elbow, the swan like curve of neck as it slopes down into the back, or the entwined arms of lovers. But I like the flowing symmetry of the entire figure, how one line flows to a different curve to create a balance. And when you throw in the use of light and shadow to emphasize various elements, the perfection is emphasized that much more.
I’m grateful to the model featured for sharing such a personal moment in time. What better example of form and line than that of a woman with child. The nude is classic, timeless, elemental, primal, and universal. Because we are all creatures of our own nakedness, it is the subject of ultimate empathy. And yet in the hands of an artist, that fleeting, imperfect, and fragile package that carries all of our souls gains a noble immortality and perfection that transcends its mere physicality.