I am currently working on building a collection of fine art nudes, some of which will be printed at exactly life size. I am seeking females of all ages, shapes, sizes and eccentricities to collaborate on this very personal project. What follows is a draft of my artist statement:
Men Dream of Women. Women dream of themselves being dreamt of. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. Women constantly meet glances, which act like mirrors, reminding them of how they look, or how they should look. Behind every glance is a judgement. Sometimes the glance they meet is their own reflected back from a real mirror. A women is always accompanied except when quite alone, perhaps even then, by her own image of herself. When she is walking across a room or weeping at the death of her father she cannot avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she is taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. She has to survey herself continually because how she appears to others and particularly how she appears to men is of crucial importance to what is thought of as the success of her life. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another.
John Berger, Ways of Seeing. 1972 BBC Series and Publication
How She Sees Herself is a collection of nudes that enables the surveyor to compare notes with the surveyed as the image titles are chosen by the subjects and reflect how they see themselves, and how they see themselves as viewed by others. The collection is intended to provoke thought about body image, how men and women view and evaluate the bodies of women, and how women view themselves.
Each image is presented as close to life size as is possible. This is achieved by taking a reference image without the model that includes a standard for precise enlargement to exact specifications. All images are captured using a medium format digital back with a standard lens to minimize perspective distortion. Where appropriate and necessary, a the digital back is paired with an Arca Swiss view camera to ensure natural persective. This ensures that the nude in the image is presented in the size and proportions that are as close as possible to the actual nude.
Image design, concept and titles are developed in collaboration with the subject.
Do you want to model for me?
If you are interested or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me through the contact form at www.geyerstudio.com, or simply leave a reply with your contact information.