About Fine Art Nude Photography

“Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance.”

— Oscar Wilde

In a very general way, we can say that nude photography is about the creation of images containing either nude or partly nude people. Now, since the inception of photography the publication of nude images has been a contentious topic, however, most of the great photographers of all times such as Alfred Stieglitz, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston have used the human body as the main subject of some of their masterpieces.

When we talk specifically about fine art nude photography, the first aspect interesting to discuss would be what distinguishes fine art from other types of nude photography — Such as erotic, glamour, or even advertising. Most art critiques would agree that fine arts accent is on aesthetics and creativity, so any erotic or sexual aspect is secondary, most of the times just supporting the artist vision.

As in other arts, there is not a clear borderline between fine art and erotic photography, or fine art and glamour photography, there are advertising images that clearly could be considered art. So, photographers tend to use their own judgment in characterizing their own work, though viewers also have their judgment.

This image is part of a work in progress series on nude photography inspired by the works of the masters of the “Modern Fine Art Nude Photography” movement such as Man Ray. The idea is to become more experimental on the portraying of nudity, using particular compositions and lighting techniques to create a sort of abstraction of the human body.

Having said that, the intention of this image is to create this sense of calmness by gently taking the viewer’s eye through the multiple valleys and ridges of the model’s back “landscape” that for a moment will immerse the viewer on the image, escaping from the viewer’s memory that this a human body’s image. In this way, the viewer will hopefully start exploring it as an abstract construct.

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