“When women pose thoughtfully and artistically—in nothing but their bare skin—they find themselves. They discover that they are truly alive. They become a Nude.” ~ David Allio
The image of the female body is a global icon. It is found in art, pottery and caves throughout the world.
The body of the woman holds the body of history. All that is beautiful. All that is wounded. All that is in transition. All that is emerging. It has been the iconography that artists have worked with for thousands of years. As B.J. Adams put it,
“You miss a lot of wonderful as well as historic art if the nude is denounced.”
As a photographer who’s worked almost exclusively with the female body, I have experienced changes within myself both as a person and visual artist throughout my work and journey.
The connection between me and the woman who is brave enough to share her body and being with my lens is breaking a cycle of invisibility. I’m profoundly honored to be both the participant and witness to this most personal unveiling.
The process and the portraits are as important as any Stieglitz or cave image: together we are transmuting wounds, learning how to see ourselves anew and creating history.
Daring to see and be seen by the naked eye calls for courage and leads to intimate liberation. Not because the body is the container of the soul, but because the body is the amalgam of your experience, your raw energy, and your will to live. When we capture this together, we capture the ferocious intention to be alive.
“Naked is a human commodity. Nudity is God’s art.” ~ David Allio
“Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul?” ~ Richard Corliss
“There is nothing in all the world more beautiful or significant of the laws of the universe than the nude human body.” ~ Robert Henri
“Our bodies, apart from their brilliant role as drawing exercises, are the temples of our being. Like the bodies of all fauna, they deserve both our study and our appreciation.” ~ Robert Genn
“When we respect the nude, we will no longer have any shame about it.” ~ Robert Henri
“What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.” ~ Rumi
*All photographs by Lone Morch.
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