The self-portrait is a difficult style of photography to master. And when you throw in the vulnerability of creating one without the added comfort of clothing, it makes it all the more challenging for any artist. But when done well, it can create stunning results. As the photographers selected here have demonstrated so inspiringly. The work of these image makers may span different decades, and while some shoot in black and white and others in bright Technicolor, they all share the same gift for creating engaging and thought-provoking art. Japanese photographer Noriko Yabu takes a different path when it comes to composing nude self-portraits.
The nude figure is a tradition in Western art , and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art , and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting , including allegorical and religious art , portraiture , or the decorative arts.
Artists are rarely so comfortable in their skin as Victoria Rowley. Rowley gives a great deal of thanks to the photographer Grace Vane Percy in her development as an artist. The two have previously worked together. Rowley modelled as none other than the mistress of all things sex, Venus , for Vane Percy in