Revealing more than nakedness

When you take all else away, when you remove all clothing and accessories, you’re reminded that beauty starts at the body. The art of nude portraiture has an innate appreciation of that fact: a fine art nude doesn’t necessarily capture something erotic or sexual but instead gets to the very essence of a person. In the absence of styling, our skin is the thing that both covers and reveals.

In this photo series the influence of David Hamilton on photographer Chad Muller shines through. Muller owes Hamilton the right kind of debt, and it’s one he openly acknowledges. Like Hamilton’s works there’s a sense that these photographs are more closely related to classical paintings than they are to the starkness of real life. Here, each of Muller’s five models reveals something of themselves not just in their nakedness but in the contours of their bodies, in their poses and their expressions – one startlingly graceful like a supine ballerina, others simply confident in their naturalness.

Nude portraiture by Chad Muller

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Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)
Aria, Chanel, Johanna, Kat & Mari by Chad Muller for Bambi Issue 10 (NSFW)

Shot on Kodak Ektachrome – Kodak’s renowned superior-quality film – which gives them a distinct quality some would call incomparable to the lost romance of digital, Chad Muller’s nudes make up one part of Bambi Magazine’s visually stunning 10th issue. View it all at that link.

You can also view all of Chad Muller’s shoot at the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.