John, I was thinking of you and your work after my last comment. And I finally figured out what you are. You are the Tiffany, Cartier, Galle`, or Faberge` of Nude Photography. You choose a brilliant model not unlike a diamond, ruby, emerald, or saphire...you then put it in the perfect setting. You don't objectify or degrade women, and that is why your models are so comfortable with you and why your audience enjoys the photographs so much. You are a jeweler of women with a camera. Just like some jewelry the image is simple, other times funky or fun, other times sublimely elegant, but always beautiful and something to appreciate. You are excellant at what you do, and I will always be watching because I love and appreciate really great jewelry.
It may sound like flattery, but I was walking away from the computer and the jewelry analogy hit me. Because some of your photos contain art work, especially the painting of nudes, I always see a thought process and depth beyond the model. I see an interaction between the models and the elegant setting. The staircase photos of nudes always bring to mind the Cubist painting Nude Descending a staircase. It might be neat to see a number of your young ladies descending that beautiful, Art Nouveau wrought iron staircase. Perhaps, there are many people like me who see your nudes in perfect settings, and the story being told, and the composition you have directed; not just naked ladies. Your camera doesn't exploit or degrade women. It honors, and celebrates them. After viewing a particularly beautiful shot I think to myself "That young lady will delight in this photo in her old age. She will be glad to have this photo celebrating her beauty and youth!"
"After viewing a particularly beautiful shot I think to myself "That young lady will delight in this photo in her old age. She will be glad to have this photo celebrating her beauty and youth!""
My thoughts too! and well said, HOC, Many friends have expressed how they wish their youth ful bloom was captured in high quality when it was happening. Even with a film camera ( a what? ) So many of us older folk have just 2 or three dim snapsots from some shitty little instamatic as the entire visual record of their youth. Many of us would give a lot to have shots like these. It is really a valuable thing to be able to show off how you shone at your peak. , so John, you should know you are doing these models a great service. And anyone lucky enough to have photos like this taken of themselves should appreciate what a sweet enriching thing it is to have such a record , cuz the bloom does not last forever.