Emily’s World is a collection of art nude photography created through collaboration with its namesake subject. To celebrate the female form, this art nude photography book contains a variety of themes, including pin-up, industrial, and nude in the landscape.
This collective is organized thematically, according to color treatment, orientation, scene, and mood. Each pair of facing pages is arranged as a collective presentation. The images are also sequenced to connect in some manner, imparting the notion of a broader narrative progressing from beginning to end.
Including color as well as black and white photography. Extra heavyweight paper is sturdy to the touch, reduces image bleed-through, and glossy pages provides superior, vivid photography.
Studio Art Nudes
Studio compositions are free of distraction, inspired by the sparse indoor scenes of time-honored academic figure studies. Rooted in the archetypes of photographic history, this subject bridges old and new with her personal interpretations. Emily dominates these unembellished expanses of neutral floor and wall. Light gently fades behind her poses, which range from classic pin-up to purely improvisational contortions. She is nimble and expressive as the sole inhabitant of this straightforward environment. She confidently commands the space, her emotional presence filling the void with nuance. These presentations are more than just a study of the allure of the body. Nude geometry, meticulous lighting, and deliberate technique converge in aesthetically pleasing compositions that endeavor to stir the soul. Subsequent studio sections feature light or dark accents. White or black fabric, leg warmers, and rigid frames are examples of accents that help guide the eye around the body and through the composition.
We can’t think of anything sweeter than witnessing Emily indulge in cupcakes and wonder if she had as much fun making a mess. Her playful personality shines through in her performance with this delicious prop. The scene with the confections develops in unexpected ways through the character she has invented. But Cupcake isn’t her new nickname—our heroine in this visual journey is far too nuanced to be summed up as delightful or delectable. Her capabilities extend well beyond this playful role. A spotless tableau in tones of robin’s egg and pale blush sets the mood. Pink gumdrops adorn the swirls of creamy frosting. Crumbs, wrappers, and frosting are smeared and fall to the floor. Emotions range from satisfaction to bemusement and puckish mischief. Her seemingly candid posture is nuanced by some subtle posing such as pointing her toes and gesturing with her hands. In the first image, she holds the cupcake by the wrapper, between a finger and thumb, her other digits extended. The other cupcake has spilled on the floor in an orchestrated display. Frosting is on her nose and she sucks the same off a finger. This progression of three photographs evokes the playfulness of vintage pin-up photography and illustration. She exhibits the confidence and ease that comes with control as the desserts are crumbled and smeared. In the first image, she directs our imagination with her sprightly upward glance. In the next, she connects directly through eye contact, and in the final image she is clearly focused on the sweet in her hand.
Marsh, Sky, Sea
This adventurer skillfully integrates her contours into the forms of the landscape. Her amber figure brings golden vitality to the green tree lines and marshes as well as the blues of sky and water. The lines of the horizon, shore, and rows of vegetation provide a structure to the backdrop. Thickets of marsh grass create dense textures that contrast with cloudless skies. The pattern of ripples on river water stands between these extremes. Depictions of Venus in the wilderness follow a time-honored tradition predating the Renaissance. The story’s heroine appears unconcerned and at ease in these natural settings. The use of landscape imparts these images with a sense of timelessness. Other than subtle clues of contemporary style and posture, she could conceivably inhabit any moment in history. This series includes both my tonal modification technique (subtle neutral colors resembling black and white) and color images. The neutral-toned compositions emphasize elements of line, texture, and pattern. The color images employ a hand-tailored palette to guide the eye between elements.
This series of bridge images pictures the body in an unlikely environment of urban elements on the edge of nature. The elements are sparse: a nude figure, a sidewalk, a wall, the sky, a railing and its shadow, street lights, and distant trees. Many of these elements form striking lines that guide the eye. The pattern of shadows created by the railing, the vertical risers of street lights, and the sweeping arc of the top of the wall against the sky all add to the structure of the image.
Whether she connects with the viewer’s gaze or is absorbed in thought, the interaction between her body and the concrete invites the viewer’s attention.
The human body is delicate compared with a concrete barrier meant to stop three tons. On their own, the images’ primary impact is visual. Striking diagonal arcs divide the space between the sky and concrete. The figure interrupts these cold scenes with organic curves.
Textures pervade each composition. The rough concrete contains complex patterns that tell of its age. The subject’s long hair makes sweeping lines.
Elongated shadows impart the time of day as late afternoon, near sunset. The pattern unifies her body with the pavement in those images where it projects stripes onto both.
She is oddly at ease, exhibiting bonhomie in this desolate setting. Her more impassioned poses push the border between carefree exuberance and erotic seduction.
The meaning changes with the knowledge that this is a bridge that extends from a populated area, across a flourishing marsh, and into the edge of nature. It symbolizes our ever-expanding reach, for better or worse, into the natural world. The quarter-mile bridge leads to “nowhere,” a would-be development that was stopped by economic recession. However, it will inevitably someday connect to a development. For now, nature is spared the onslaught of expanding concrete and asphalt. Our heroine is a symbol for beauty and freedom exploring the edge of the metropolis.
Her posture, although seemingly at rest, suggests an uneasy tension—stopped, but not relaxed. The solid structure is a metaphor for the stability that technology and development bring to our civilization.
Monuments to ingenuity, structures like this bridge stand against the elements and represent the multitudes of technologies that allow us to live well beyond the lifespans of our predecessors in the wild. The color palette of drab concrete and pale skin mute the would-be cheerfulness of her sun-drenched body.