I have been working with the nude as the primary
focus of my images for nearly ten years. The nude is used as a part of
my visual language to create a single-image narrative. The addition of
simple props and dramatic lighting in the studio create a stage-like feel,
viewers very much in evidence. The figure becomes an actor, their unclothed
body costumed in their nakedness. I want the viewer to see a narrative,
and to question the objects' significance and wonder at the story unfolding.
The viewer's presence is integral to the image. At what point is a viewer
a voyeur, observing the results of the photographer's actions and his
degree of control over the subject and the view presented? The photographer
is, in essence, a voyeur sharing images with the viewer,
especially when you consider that the nude figure has an inherent eroticism.