After studying the history of art in college, I was drawn to fine art nude photography, and that’s where it started.
In 1987 in England, where I lived at the time, I had started a graphic design degree which included typography, film, animation and photography. When I graduated in 1991 my first job was in a design studio in York, England. It was here that I worked on design accounts such as Nestle and Tenneco Automotive. I became a partner in 2 years and then left after 6 years to start my own business.
I loved design, but web was becoming very dominant and the art of print was slowly dying. This caused me to lose interest in what design was becoming and to look to my passion in photography.
How did I first get into fine art nude photography?
I had no idea how to begin in photography, so floundered for a good while, then and in 2006 I was actually looking at doing a life drawing class (as my drawing needed improving), when a photographer friend of mine said “Why don’t you get a model and shoot nude photography instead of drawing nudes?”
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HOW DID I FIRST GET INTO NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY? HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED.
In a moment of madness/genius (take your pick) I went out and bought two Bowens strobes for around $3500. I then hired a model off an internet group (I think she charged $150 from memory, which was just about the best $150 I ever invested!).
The model was Kirsty, and she was friendly, helpful and truly amazing. She was very patient and knew exactly how to pose. This allowed me to just do my best to capture her, mostly with a single softbox on a black background and a light grey one.
Looking back now, Kirsty and her experience made me look a million times better than I was. This, then, gave me a goal to try and produce better and better work than this session for everyone I photographed.
It might be my first, but I’m still very proud of this session and these images will always be in my portfolio, because they’re so special.
And that was how it all started.