The Origin Nudes 2004

This small series of B&W photographs were probably the first nudes I ever shot.

It was a project assignment which one could choose to handle the nude in one of a selection of different genres (political, erotic, medical, abstract, documentary etc). Below are some of my darkroom test strips from the time as well as sketches/plans for my studio shoot (also a first at that time).

A double page spread from one of my first visual diaries, back in 2004. A culmination of planning, project briefs, test strips and doodling of the best kind.

A double page spread from one of my first visual diaries, back in 2004. A culmination of planning, project briefs, test strips and doodling of the best kind.

My approach was very simplistic: the body + erotisised or fetishises objects/articles of clothing etc. I used honey, stockings, classic black lace lingerie, wire, oil, a series of butterflies I had photographed and cut out.

Visual Diary detail

Darkroom contact sheet

The images were exhibited in the Cape Town Month of Photography 2005.

“Working here with feminine paraphernalia, motifs of desire and gender binaries, the photographer weaves them into her photographic process to produce aesthetically alluring depictions of undercurrent themes such as constraint and seduction.

This series of black and white nudes was based on using simple carnal devices and incorporating the power of body language to answer the brief requirements of a series of images relating to the nude canon for exhibition at the Cape Town Month of Photography”

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Detail from one of the darkroom contact prints from the series.

Detail from one of the darkroom contact prints from the series.

 

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