Enamored of Britalicus’ black & white, along with his occasional color, dance like figure studies and location nudes from my very first views …
Going back again and again to see what his camera is up to, I inquired and he was kind enough to share his style and love of photographing the nude female form with us here.
The fascination of photography “infected” Britalicus at a very young age,
“along with the challenge of capturing what the eye sees through the lens, and presenting this to others as a way of seeing the subject matter in, perhaps, a different light.
Whilst fleetingly considering photography as a career instead of the profession that I have followed during my working life, photography has always been a special place to escape to…
Whether the subject matter has been holidays, family snaps, landscapes, or just people and things I see around me.
All this has been amusement for me and with very little thought of anything more serious.
I had often wondered about photography of the female nude over the years, liking in particular high contrast black and white images of such subject matter.
Mentioning this to my wife during a passing conversation about photography in late 2009 she suggested, to my surprise, that try it myself.
But where to start?
Looking at other photographers’ work to understand how I should approach this, I found myself attracted to the works of Vojkovsky, Tomas Rucker, Waclaw Wantuch, Andre Brito, and Gruizza.
Finding models that could work to these standards, however, and without any knowledge of the industry proved an interesting experience.
After some extensive internet searches and use of some lesser model agency sites I inevitably ended up on ModelMayhem and Purestorm.
Whilst some of the early contacts proved fruitless, I was very fortunate to come across Raphaella McNamara, in January 2010.
Raphaella was a nineteen year old model with a dance background and a portfolio that contained artistic material that appeared to fit my vision.
She was due to take up a dance contract within days of me contacting her, so we agreed a shoot at very short notice in the limited days she had before leaving on tour with the dance company.
Any concerns about how to deal with photographing a nude female many years my junior vanished instantly at the first press of the shutter.
The shoot, undertaken mostly in natural light, producing some very memorable images that still attract regular views and comments on sites such as ModelMayhem, and deviantArt.
Since that first shoot, I have experimented, and continue to do so, with different styles of photographing the subject.
Personally, now having worked with a number of models, I find those from a dance, yoga, or physical sports background to be the best suited to what I want to achieve …
as they seem to have a better bodily awareness of how they are likely to appear in the resulting image.
This body awareness resulting in turn in very productive and satisfying shoots for both model and photogrpaher.
Working with Raphaella, Monika T, Katy Cee, Iveta Niklova and more recently with KayleighLush has reinforced this approach,
the results of which you will see in the images here and on my own website.
Just over a year now since I started taking photographs of female nudes, I have a small exhibition at a local gallery, which will be an interesting experience in gauging a wider more public reaction to my work!
But where from here?
I am constantly looking for new approaches and models, to explore and present the beauty of the nude female as subject matter …
these will always very much be at the artistic end of the spectrum.
Modern and classical dance has always been an interest, and will be the subject of a two girl shoot in the near future, together with a first venture into body painting.
With summer and warmer weather there will also be the opportunity to combine the nude with both landscape and street photography …
all challenges to capturing those elusive image that seem to inhabit my mind!”
- 50 Thistle Street Lane North, Edinburgh EH2 1DA
- T. +44(0)131 225 2093
- Private view 18 March 2011, 6-9pm
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