“[My] nudes were made without any instructions to the models…as to what they should do. I would say ‘move around all you wish, the more the better.’ Then when something happened, I would say ‘hold it.’ And things did happen all the time.” - Edward Weston
Robert is an amateur photographer passionate about black & white images and the prop-themed studio nude. He began working in the genre in 2011 with no experience in a photography studio or with directing nude models. The challenge, he felt, was to capture the mood and look he wanted without that experience.
Taking inspiration from Leonard Nimoy, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhardt, Irving Penn, William Carter, Peter Adams and a host of others, Robert approached photographing the nude with a core interest in the application of self-taught rules of composition. Says Robert, “It is fair to say that in my work I search for the limits of my sense of composition, and then attempt to overcome and push beyond those limits. But I am always brought back to reality by the basics of exposure.”
Much of his portfolio is built on the creative serendipity found in the interactions with the models, and the starting point for many of his images is a prop that helps create a focal point around which to craft an image, or, once set aside, created images that are collaborative experiments with light and tone, line, curve and angle, while capturing the inherent sensuality of the nude in the context of fine art black and white images. He was always on the lookout for an object to use that might open a creative path.
Currently on a sabbatical from the studio, Robert is engaged with his portfolio, creating alternative digital images for his website, seeking out venues with which to publish and exhibit his work, and searching for that elusive prop that resonates.
For information about the purchase of prints, please contact the photographer via his website https://rchphoto.artspan.com
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist