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Surfaces and Strategies – Shoot Mod3#8 – Male Art Nude – “Rob”

The male art nude shoot with Rob was shot predominantly in high key against a white background. Rob is an experienced life model, but had never been photographed in a studio before. I was aiming for a look similar to that achieve by Coplans when he produced his self portraits.  I will be editing and publishing images in the next couple of weeks that are abstract and anonymous in the style of Coplans.

Figure 1 shows some traditional and non traditional poses.  The poses shot are more typical of a life modelling class than an art nude photographic session.  These shots are dominated by the penis and it is positioned prominently in each image. This objectifies the penis and makes it the main focus of the image.  Because of this, the resultant images have what I believe to be the ‘Gay Gaze’.

Figure 1: Sutherst. 2017

Figure 2 is more in keeping with Coplans style of work as the face is not visible. The edits that I will present in a later post will have a tighter focus on different parts of the body.

Figure 2: Sutherst. 2017

This shoot was interesting to me as it did not follow the same format as the previous art nude shoots.  Whilst I directed Rob for some of the close up shots (see future posts), for the rest of the shoot I allowed Rob to move around and pose as he might in a life model session.  This created the range of poses shown in this post.  This was quite liberating as I was working with another creative individual who expresses himself well in front of the camera lens.


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