Hidden in plain view – photographing the anonymous nude

If there’s any thing, in particular that I’d like to believe I strive for in my nude photography, it’s to depict the individuality of the person in front of the lens as much as possible. It’s not always explicitly their identity, but for me, identity plays an important role in that depiction.

I’ve always been bothered by the ‘headless’ nude, parts close-ups and the sense of objectification and disempowerment that, for me, almost always accompanies such images. Accordingly, I’ve played it safe by making sure to include my collaborators’ faces in most of my photography… then I faced a challenge.

The advent of Tumblr has created an interesting phenomenon that echoes the experience of creating nude photographs in the early 20th Century, but with an interesting twist… [more »]

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