Bronze Award for Embracing in the Portrait category of the 2020 Rise Photography Awards & Acceptance at 2020 PSNZ National Exhibition, Open Print

“…In the context of the 21st century, it is difficult to make an artistic statement in the medium of nude photography, given the proliferation of pornographic imagery – which has tainted the artistic subject in the perception of most viewers, limiting the opportunities to exhibit or publish artistic nude images.

In presenting this series, I offer an opportunity to contemplate and appreciate the juxtaposition between human and nature: soft flesh and harsh environment; life and stillness; white and black. The use of monochrome emphasises the nude shape and form, removing distracting elements to ensure that you focus on the beautiful feminine body language. These photographs portray powerful and independent women who are depicted through fresh, inspiring and original artwork.”

Editor’s comment: Composed and lit with such care and attention, this image is a strong indication of the level of skill and dedication the photographer applies to their work. A blend of fine art, contemporary portraiture and iconography, this image is both arresting and subtle, and it would be interesting to see how the style and narrative unfolds across a full series. – Life Framer THE HUMAN BODY Editor’s Pick

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