Trevor Christensen’s nude portraits might not be what you expected – the models aren’t the nude ones!
According to the Utah-based photographer’s Artist statement for the project:
“As a photographer I’m deeply interested in the experience subjects undergo as I take their picture. When I guide subjects through the portrait process I seek to create a calm, comfortable environment where they can be at ease in front of the camera. Despite my best efforts, subjects often feel vulnerable during the process. No matter the scenario, this power imbalance is almost inescapable part of the experience. […]
[…] The photographer/subject paradigm is one of inequality. Nude Portraits is about leveling the playing field in an unorthodox way. Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease–where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability.
This vulnerability is achieved by making portraits without clothing. These are nude portraits in the sense that I, the photographer, am nude, while the subject is not. […]
[…] Nude Portraits explores what happens when subjects are confronted by male nudity in a context devoid of eroticism. Nude Portraits also examines the experience of photographing subjects in a heightened state of vulnerability. Images of the photographer nude are not included in the series, leaving viewers to speculate on what the subject is reacting to. […]
[…] Aside from my being nude, portrait sessions for Nude Portraits are like any other shoot. A session generally lasts around forty minutes. Often that time is spent with the subject exploring our mutual, or sometimes solitary, unease. Subjects are made explicitly aware beforehand that I will be photographing them nude. They understand that they may feel uncomfortable, but they should not feel unsafe.
Portrait locations range from the workplace to the backyard to the bedroom. As spaces in which subjects are likely to be at ease, these areas provide an appropriate and contrasting backdrop to the tension that a nude portrait session often creates. […]
[…] Nude Portraits is an ongoing conceptual portrait photography series. All are invited to participate, however, I am particularly interested in documenting as diverse a range of subjects as possible.”
Check out Christensen’s website for more info and nude pictures.
Via Utah Photojournalist.