Almost 100 pages with more than 90 images, coupled with commentary from 11 notable models and photographers, to give you inspiration and ideas.
Commentary from: Steve Anchell, Rose Bryan (model), Brigitte Carnochan, Jeff Dunas, Robert Farber, Bill Lemon, David Mecey, Mark Nelson, Elizabeth Opalenik, Ashley Rae (model), Kim Weston.
From the Foreward by Lucien Clergue:
This book arrives at the right moment: most art schools do not focus anymore on sketching the Nude, as well as doing black-and-white photographs, while these two mediums are the basics of art. Look at the sketch books of Picasso, Degas, or Matisse! One day, Jean Cocteau, visiting the Picasso Museum in Antibes, had the great surprise to see Matisse sitting just across from the large “NUDE” by Picasso, with a sketch book and a pencil in his hands. At this point a couple of visitors who did not recognize the maestro asked him, “What do you do, sir?” and the answer was, “As you do, I try to understand.”
Looking to this group of sketches, I am ready to go to work, and I encourage all readers to do the same, with such good assistance, with such a guide. Tim is someone who knows his material. After all, his experience is in the field of art.
Mark Nelson: I think photography is 75% thought. Figure photography is my most personal work, coming from deep inside, in contrast to happening upon a landscape that captures my attention.
Kim Weston: Most of the time when I work with a model, I have scripted what we will be photographing that day. This could be as elaborate as a storyboard with each individual photograph mapped out, each choreographed as I have seen it in my mind’s eye. Or it could simply be an idea I wish to convey no matter what the circumstance.
Brigitte Carnochan: I always watch the model for that informal moment when she feels comfortable and at ease–even if it’s in between specific poses. That will often be the perfect moment of composition; form, feeling, and light, all falling into a harmony I couldn’t have predicted: the surprise and satisfaction of collaboration.
Elizabeth Opalenik: I have been known to ask people on the street, in restaurants or in my classes, to model for me. Let the images that you have made previously speak for you. If you have integrity in your work, you will have models.