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Blind Nudes

Shadow Lines In Nude Photography

Blinds in Nude Photography, Black and White

Jesse poses next to a window during the Calgary photography workshop.

Often in photography we walk by potential photographic opportunities, almost as though we have blinders on and see nothing but the big picture. This usually leads us into running out of ideas, even when working with nude model photography. I prevent this potential problem in indoor locations by observing filtered light as it enters the building through doorways, windows or skylights.  The most common form of filtered light enters through windows fitted with blinds whose adjustable slats allow for light control, thus helping create interesting shadows and patterns within the light path.

I remember once, while conducting a photography workshop in San Antonio, the attendees were photographing a model next to a patio door.  Once everyone was finished shooting, I politely asked if I could grab a few shots—the overwhelming answer was, “Of course you can, we want to see you shoot.”  So I walked up to the patio door and lowered the blinds covering the small window, then adjusted the slats until I saw a pattern of shadows falling onto the model.  Everyone was in awe as the group had originally raised the blinds to gain light for a beautiful, natural light photo.  I showed them that the light was intense enough to still capture that photo, but the adjustment of the slats helped create shadows for a more powerful image.
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2 Comments

  1. Rolando,

    I have read all the entries in this series and am enjoying them very much. This is my first reply mostly because this is a technique I use often, but slightly differently.

    Here are two photographs from a recent session. The first one at:
    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=12022566
    uses a grid in the window. This next:
    http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=12022558
    a piece of lace.

    I love how these patterns fall onto and are distorted by the body. It makes for a very interesting change from the “usual” nudes we see.

    Mark Harris

  2. Great article Rolando, Thanks!

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Rolando Gomez Philosophy on Nude Photography
Editorial Nudes is not a website where you’ll find pornography, nor is this a website where models are underage, this is a website that showcases another genre of my art, though I want to clarify, nudity should never be a requirement for photography. Nudity is not for everyone, but for those that can appreciate the beauty of the human form and can handle it with maturity and common sense. I hope you’ll enjoy how I view nudity through my camera lens, often in a more editorial format. Read more about my philosophy on nude photography here.

Photographer Helmut Newton Had It Right On Nude Photography
While many famous photographers are known for other genres of photography, such as fashion, commercial, landscape and photojournalism photography, almost all have shot a nude photograph at some point in their careers. Whether it was fashion nude, editorial nude, Playboy nude, fine-art nude, implied nude, or some form of nude photography, some photographer captured a nude photo somewhere.

Then there were those like Helumut Newton, who were catapult into more fame for their nude photography than their commercial or fashion magazine photography. It’s been said that Simon de Pury, the head of the New York/London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, while having a discussion with Helmut Newton about the then upcoming inaugural show for his Zurich gallery, asked Newton, “…What else do you have?” Newton replied, “My landscapes, but nobody wants to see those.”

Newton was correct and soon “Sex and Landscapes” was conceived for that inaugural show in 2001. While undoubtedly the late Newton has help put the “PC” in nude photography over the years, it’s not that nude photography is so bad in our private conscious, it’s the difficulty of the use of the word in our vocabulary and the use of nude images in our visual arts—like a fear, our own society is the guilty culprit and it’s time for us to “grow up” and accept the beauty nude photography brings, especially when captured correctly.

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