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My ﬁrst attempt at photographing the nude began in 1969, as a result of a workshop with Lisette Model at the New School in New York. When Ms. Model saw a photograph I had made of a friend’s feet, she said “Flesh. You should be doing ﬂesh.” I did some “ﬂesh,” but when I compared my ﬁrst nude photographs with the photographs of Edward Weston and Ruth Bernhard I didn’t feel I was contributing anything new, so moved on in different directions with my photography.
More than 30 years after that ﬁrst attempt, I was swimming in an abandoned quarry where everyone swam and sunbathed nude. Set deep in the woods, the quarry is now ﬂooded with water darkened by leaf tannins. The bodies of swimmers and sunbathers are highlighted by the sunlight, accented by the darkness of the water, and stand in contrast to the various textures of granite. The setting and the people presented beautiful images that brought back to me the words of Lisette Model, and I once again began photographing “ﬂesh.”
Since I began photographing the ﬁgure in nature, I have been fortunate to work with a number of people who are comfortable in their own skins, who project that feeling of comfort, and who have made me feel privileged to photograph them in beautiful natural settings. Our photography is very much a collaboration, with models bringing their own ideas and experiences, and their joy in being alive and at home within their own bodies.
The views expressed by our artists in their artist statements do not necessarily represent the views of our art galleries. Artists can be visually expressive but may verbally misrepresent their true intentions or ideas. Please note that we support expression, whether it is controversial or not, but our intention is never to offend.
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Our owner and curator is Linnea Lenkus, who also owns two photo studios in Los Angeles and has a passion for high quality art.