The image came to Brooklyn-based photographer Lauren Renner during a nap. We recently asked her more about the project. What made you decide to undertake this project?
Even as a professional model, nude portraiture is a sensitive, intimate experience. To ensure a successful and comfortable shoot, there needs to be a delicate rapport between artist and model on set. Communication is an artform, a powerful connection that most photographers have yet to comprehend.
Girls getting undressed for "the gram" is a relatively new and complicated phenomenon. As with all the most important cultural conversations that happen inthis one can summarized by a meme. The meme in question is one of those "classical art memes"; it's a split screen image, with our painted heroine lying on a chaise longue.
For Naked WomenLondon-based photographer Nadia Lee Cohen takes a bold approach to body positivity, shooting nude portraits of dozens of women of varied shapes and sizes bearing it all for her camera. Inspired in part by campaigns like Free the Nipplea movement seeking to end discriminatory censorship of the female body, as well as recent Instagram activists who have used the platform to protest bans on parts of the female anatomy, Cohen approached friends who she felt radiated self-assurance and individuality. Other women who participated in the project responded to casting calls sent out by the artist over social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The overwhelming number of women who wanted to experience the process of being shot nude was humbling and empowering, explains Cohen, noting that many of her subjects had never modeled before.
I am my own worst critic when it comes to my body. I've wasted years conducting daily appraisals in the mirror and cruelly judging my trouble areas. So when a photographer friend mentioned that a colleague of hers was working on a series of nude portraits of women over 40, I knew what I had to do: Pose in the altogether.
The fabulous calendar girls of Whimple. When it came time for Cathy Bartlett-Horwood to drop her dressing gown to the floor and stand naked in her village hall in front of her friends, she was nervous. The year-old has had a complicated relationship with her weight for many years.
To snap or not to snap? That is the question when it comes to nudes, I mean. There's nothing wrong with sending a tantalizing pic of yourself to bae while they're at the library cramming for finals — for moral support, of course — or just for your own safekeeping.
After a spate of recently-hacked phone nudes, it's clear our advice to never shoot pictures of your own junk isn't going to catch on. So if you're going to do it, at least do it well. Here's how to make your naked shots shine.
When she began taking photos ten years ago her own self-doubt almost got the better of her. He was so horrified, bless him. I was just wondering if I could use this house?