My First Art Nude Shoot

A long, long time ago, when I was still a pimple faced teenager and I was studying photography at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, I had to do a human form assignment.

This was my very first experience shooting art nudes and at the time, I just treated it like any other assignment. I was given a subject I had to photograph and I went about it to the best of my ability. I had no idea it would become such a passion so many years later.

My main interest at this early stage of my photographic journey was shooting nature – wildlife, landscapes etc. It wasn’t until about 12 years after I graduated from art college that I started to enjoy photographing people and eventually found my way back to shooting nudes. 

The thing I love about these images is that they are timeless, they could have been shot last week and nobody could tell. The simplistic bodyscape style and the fact that they are b&w removes any indication of when they were taken.

The setup for this shoot was extremely simple. One studio flash with a square softbox and the model sitting on some black background paper. Of course this was pre-digital so these images were captured on a Bronica SQA medium format camera on Ilford FP4 black and white film.

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