Simple, elegant, and sensual

“Both are simple, elegant, and sensual”.   A great friend of mine said this about two photographers I have been spending a lot of time with – and by ‘spending time with’ I mean looking at their photos, reading transcripts of interviews, going thru books, etc.    It’s interesting, as I research these two photographers, I am finding a number of instances where both of them are mentioned in the same article or posting.

Ralph Gibson

I was recently ‘introduced’ to Mr. Gibson thru Jeff Curto’s History of Photography podcasts.  Seeing his images made me so happy.  I am especially intrigued by his Infanta series (This links to images containing nudity.  Don’t click if you don’t like this sort of thing).  Simple images that fill the frame and lovely use of light and shadow.

Lillian Bassman

I really don’t remember how I found this fabulous photographer – I do know it was 2005, but I am not sure what prompted me to look her up.  While I am generally not a fan of fashion photography, I am a big fan of her post processing.  The movement, the apparent use of natural light, and, well, OK, the fashion is pretty cool too.

So, my thinking is to take the beauty of each of these photographers and come up with my own style of photographing women.   I want to keep my images ‘simple, elegant, and sensual’ without nudity.   I don’t think this will fall into the category of boudoir-type images and if it goes that way I will immediately stop.  I want to use hats, gloves, stockings.  Maybe some really nice lingerie.  Sensual without crossing over to pornography – which, in my opinion, is a super-duper fine line.  And really, if they won’t pass the mom-test they will not see the light of day!

I am in the beginning stages of this – I need to figure out where to do this.  Do I need to get some lighting or can my ‘where’ have enough natural light.   Do I just use myself as a subject or try to convince my friends to trust me enough to make simple, elegant, and sensual images of them.