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Had a nude photo shoot yesterday in Auckland’s midday sun yesterday…it was so good to find a shady spot to work in!

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An excerpt from my Gradshow presentation:

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Body of Work-Part 2

Sue Wiggins

Nothing is more hateful to me than photography sugarcoated
with gimmicks, poses and false effects. Therefore, let me speak
the truth in all honesty about our age and the people of our age.

                                                            August Sander 1927

Body of Work is a series of nudes unaltered by digital postproduction processes.  As a comment on the body shame and anxiety that has developed as a result of the Western world’s engineered photograph, I have returned to the mechanics of photographic film, shot on a large format camera. My act of taking a photograph has slowed down enabling a rapport to develop between the subject and photographer and allowing subtle influences to come through and be genuinely thought provoking. This portrait series is a study in black and white, with a theme and documentary style which references the photographic work of August Sander. The subjects wait quietly, their poses unaffected with a self-possession that radiates in their bearing and expressions.

 The images in Polaroids Untouched were part of an exploration into image making with processes that removes the opportunity for post-production manipulation. Still working with the large format camera, these images were taken on expired Polaroid 5×4 film. They are self-portraits and portray the results of incorrect processing due to the aged film; the imagery, like the film, is not perfect but is still beautiful in their own right. They are displayed in light-boxes, enabling the viewer to look upon them as ‘positive negatives’ in their unmanipulated state.

 These images speak from the very essence of my project.

Studio work has been hung and visual diaries and all written work submitted – yeah!!

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Dare to Dream – Geneva, Switzerland – Alex Teuscher “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is

via Dare to Dream – Geneva, Switzerland – Alex Teuscher.

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So here they are in all their glory, the chosen pieces for my final presentation. I am very happy with this grouping and how well they support each other.

The frames were chosen for their simplicity and size. With matte boards being a little oversize for the images the viewer is drawn in, inviting them to share this intimate moment with the subject. Along with a feeling of a little mystery,  each image allows the viewer to make up their own story for each one, based on their own past experiences.

Nudes have always moved me.

Move Me has been an interesting assignment. It has made think about what is important to me, what do I want my photography to say and then, what is the best way to portray it.

Then, of course, it needs to strike cords with others! Big questions!! Big challenges!!

So what was the best way to start?…at the beginning of course!

Firstly, what is important to me?  Well, since beginning my studies two years ago I have started looking at the world around me  from a different perspective, and questioning many things that before went unnoticed. I found out that I like taking photographs of people, and to start with that meant I was out on the street, taking photos of strangers, even following people to get multiple images of the some individuals in different moods and environments.

I find the human being such an interesting subject and the way it is viewed is often not to our mutual benefit. High on this list is the media’s portrayal of women, of what is beautiful, or should I say what is perceived to be beautiful and in tandem to this I am noticing changes within my own body, signs that the passage of time is catching up with me and I am not what I used to be.

Last year I did some lingerie fashion shoots, and of course, the model was young, long legged and gorgeous. My reaction to this was to go out and shoot an older woman, to find true depictions of a mature body…and to me, the resulting photos are just beautiful.

These images tie in with the next question of what do I want my works to say…….Very simply, true depictions of the world around us and the people within it honestly and openly.

I have been playing with colour, and observing the depth of feeling that can be achieved with the differing hues. My resulting images are in three different hues, and the models body language is quiet,  passive, almost giving an impression of aloneness…whether by choice or not is for the viewer to decide.

So I have made the big decision of which images to present for this assignment. The big reveal will be once they are framed and hung.

Just some simple lines, a curve here and there, a silhouette and a shadow or two…..just beautiful