Words and images by: Jillian Powers
For the past two months, I’ve been photographing women nude, moments after they wake up. I chose this time of day because it is the moment we begin to criticize and shame our bodies. It all started by photographing my roommate, Aliya, moments after she woke up. It was the day before her boudoir session and I wanted to test the lighting on her skin at a specific time in the morning. She stripped down, I shot a few photographs her her topless and we began to edit. Almost instantly, she found things she did not like. Aliya is a very confident person on the outside, so it hurt me to see that she couldn’t see the beauty in herself without perkier boobs, or a makeup covered face. To me, she looked beautiful just the way she woke up – hence the title of the series, “I Woke Up Like This“.
Fast forward to today and I am shooting two to three women a week, completely nude, at that same time of day that I photographed Aliya. I then interview them about feminism, their idea of beauty, sexism, and many more women’s issues. Women are thrilled when they see the photographs because I photograph everyday women. Not the stereotypical curvy girl but your everyday sizes. All sizes.
“I think that when you’re a fat girl, your personality has to be bigger than you are.”
“I used to never look people in the eye and I couldn’t speak in front of people.”
“I went into liver failure when I was seventeen and the meds made me gain weight.”
What is your definition of beauty?
“Depth of fierceness. And harnessing that.”
“I was the fat kid and everyone made sure to that I knew that everyday.”
To learn more about Jillian Powers and her project, visit her website.
For more sensitive nude photography visit our feature about Amanda Charchian’s work.
Elena “Kassandra” Vizerskaya is back. We already featured some of her surreal photo manipulation a while ago. Now she’s back in full force. This time we present you some stunning surreal nude photography that seems to come straight from a dream realm.
Elena Vizerskaya’s surreal nude photography is fantastic photo manipulation art.
Elena’s work is more intense and in-your-face than the subtle nude studies of Amanda Charchian that we’ve featured the other day. But not less impressive.
Elena is known to be a perfectionist who loves to control all the outcome by herself. She once told DAILY ART that if one day she was to shoot a movie, she would have to occupy all roles herself – director, producer and actor. No wonder that she is seen in a lot of her own works as a model. Can you guess which one she is…? We like the idea of keeping it mysterious, just as her art is mysterious.
Elena’s work is often a result of try-and-error.
It is interesting to note that Elena’s work approach is rather random than conceptual. She is known to play around a lot with ideas during a shoot. It’s quite common that her photo sessions happen spontaneously. The end result is then often one that wasn’t intended from the beginning. But every time, something beautiful is given birth to.
”I want what I see, and I see what does not exist…”, Elena told DAILY ART. She wants people to take away the emotions coded into her artworks. Emotions that are triggered by the wild side inside of her.
Elena lives in Kiev, Ukraine, where she graduated from College of Decorative Arts and Design in 2000. For more info and art from this amazing lady hit Elena’s website or follow her facebook page.
Surreal Nude Photography by Elena Vizerskaya:
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And if you haven’t done already, we recommend you check our last nude photography feature HERE.
Amanda Charchian is an L.A.-based fine artist.
Her portfolio includes photography, sculpture and film. I will focus on her photography in this feature.
Amanda has an incredible skill to make a surreal impact on your senses. To achieve that she puts emphasis on location scouting, image compositions and light effects. Some post-production magic and color adjustment do the rest.
Nature and female eroticism are predominating her works. I can’t help but bring in a man’s perspective when reviewing Amanda’s art. And I rarely find the female-on-female sensitivity that Amanda displays here unlocked by a male artist to the same degree… Amanda manages to keep her distance while being intimate at the same time.
Amanda’s nude photography displaces the protagonists in a way that we haven’t seen before.
What stands out is Amanda’s ability to create atmospheres of confusion with total tranquility. It is this contrast that drags you into her images and makes you feel like you have crash-landed on another planet. Amanda’s protagonists seem displaced. She frames them with bizarrely beautiful landscapes in which they appear to sleepwalk through Amanda’s fantasy.
Besides her artistic ambitions Amanda also does commission work. For more info, visit her website.
Although this is very tasteful material we’d like to warn you the below isn’t safe for work. So make sure your boss isn’t peeking over your shoulder before proceeding to scroll down. Actually, you know what? Go get him. He needs to WITNESS THIS.
Amanda Charchian selected works (curated by Philipp Vogt).
If you are interested in more surreal nude photography check this amazing artist.
And if you are still longing for more we invite you to check out our photo section DARKROOM.
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1999 Playboy shoot with retro enthusiast Thierry Mugler
Reynolds Mark “Rennie” Ellis (11 November 1940 – 19 August 2003) was an Australian photographer who also worked, at various stages of his life, as an advertising copywriter, seaman, lecturer, and television presenter. He founded Brummels Gallery of Photography, Australia’s first dedicated photography gallery, established both a photographic studio and an agency dedicated to his work, published 17 photographic books, and held numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. He died after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 62.
Here is some of his epic work.
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