Classic/Art Nude Photography depicts the nude human body with an emphasis on form, composition, emotional content, and other aesthetic qualities. The distinction between fine art photography and other sub-genres is not absolute, but there are certain defining characteristics.
The nude figure becomes part of the overall composition and the aim is not to focus on the model’s nudity itself in a voyeuristic or alluring way but rather on her turning into an appealing but unagitated element of the scene. The model is not sexualized or arousing.
What Makes An Artistic Nudes Look?
Choosing The Spot: Compositional Aspects
This shoot is actually taking place in a staircase. I am placing the model into a niche on the first floor. There’s just enough space for having a good distance to the model. This will give me a chance to take full body shots even though I am quite close.
I mainly chose this specific “corner” because it allows me to combine the architectural lines with the model’s lavish curves. In the overall image composition the model is standing out, the shape of her body creates are really nice contrast to the given surroundings. We create a strong visual interplay between the static, straight lines from the location and the model’s curves.
My goal for this look is to create a semi-hard lighting that actually fits really nice into the scenery as a whole and matches the desired look. I use a relatively small silver-coated soft box. The light created with a lining like this one here, offers a bit a harder characteristic than the usual bigger boxes.
The light’s distance to the model is about 3m/10’. The given distance adds to the hardness of the light.
I put the light slightly behind a column and get immediately a shadow cast, while the model on the left is still nicely illuminated. This is supposed to also create a more dramatic effect due to the more sculpted light.
Posing: The „Complimentary-Concept”
In an environment with very clear, defined straight lines and a round arch I want to display the model as curvy as possible and also soft at the same time.
The model creates no glamorous pose at all and her pose also doesn’t have any sexual attractiveness. The pose is something like a “figurative representation”. There’s no interplay with the viewer. The composition concentrates on the scene, not the model.
Tech DNA: Lighting Gear & Specs Used
- 1x Monolight 400 WS @170 WS
- 1x Softbox 60x90cm/2×3‘
- Camera: Fullframe
- ISO 100