The nude figure is such a fascinating creation. There isn’t a single man-made object that emotes such unfettered beauty. Man (or woman), however, does have the ability to portray that divine creation in many ways.
Some choose to show the beauty through emotive and romantic portraiture, others choose to juxtapose soft, romantic skin against the texture of a rough wooden shed or barn and yet others choose to show a raw side of this form that others opine as something other than beautiful. to me, it is all beautifully divine.
When I capture and create a photographic image, particularly a nude image, a boudoir image for a private client, a figure study that I feel will add to my collective body of work or a glamour image for a beautiful model, I am capturing the beauty of the figure in front of my lens as I see it. I must create a beautiful image. To do so, I must “feel” something about the subject. Feeling something about the subject creates a powerful image. If I don’t feel something, there is no point in even trying.
Perhaps Helmut Newton said it best when he said, “My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.”
The beautiful figure in the image above is a figure study that will be featured in my book. This image was created in my studio during the young woman’s first nude session.
Until next time..
Ray Akey Photography