I have been shooting the nude figure since the first time I picked up a camera for an Introduction to Photography class in college over 35 years ago.
To me, the nude represents the complexity of what it is to be human – from the most flawed to the most beautiful.
Recently, my work has evolved from simple explorations of the human form to attempts to connect with my subject more intimately to reveal the variety of the human condition.
The contours and shadows I capture are not merely boundary lines that define a shape but lines that express the emotions and feelings of my subject. My focus is to show the positive aspects of the human condition.
The Sketchbook Project has made me reflect on the past 35 years and realize that I am no closer to achieving my goal as an artist as I was when I graduated college. Not because I failed as an artist but because our society has continually shunned any exhibition of the nude. Yes, if one has been established and become a great master of his or her art, the nude is greatly received. But what about the artist, who is suburban America, trying to get shown and his subject of choice is the nude figure. even worse, using the nude to get people to think about society, politics, and religion. Now, try and get your work in front of an audience.
Hopefully, The Sketchbook Project helps open my work up to a larger audience and tells my store of 35 years of censorship.
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