There is a undeniable power to a portrait that is made even more dynamic by the merging of it with nudity. Clothed portraits can be evocative and perhaps tell you more about a person's image and status in life but nothing comes as close to being "about" a person as a nude portrait. The simple fact that you are looking at a nude photo creates a charged situation but in these images, where they are about a person rather than a body, there is something far more.
I have nude portraits of most of my models but it has only been in the past year that I have been able to put together a cohesive body of work to present. The portraits from 1990-1996 work well but few of the models were comfortable with their faces being in the images so the portraits have remained private. With the models I have worked with since 1997 though, there has been an increase in the number who are comfortable with my using their faces in images. Thus, I have finally been able to showcase this previously un-exhibited element of my vision.
The amazing quality of nude portraits is that they are little different from conventional portraits - it is the face and the eyes which hold the attention; the nudity of the individual simply informs the reading of the image. The expected vulnerability in a nude portrait often is supplanted by an inherent confidence that is hard to deny - standing nude and looking into a camera is not something for the faint of heart.