Help these wonderful women to express themselves in their unique ways.
For over 8 years, I have had the pleasure of photographing over 60 beautiful ladies, all of whom have volunteered to appear naked for the sake of my project. For most, it was a supreme act of courage, as they had not been photographed in the nude before, some were aspiring models, many of whom were trusting me with their first nude shoot.
As a professional photographer with over 40 years' experience, I saw this as a way to showcase my talents working on really varied locations, from tiny rooms to the great outdoors, using natural light where possible, but also studio lighting where needed. Probably the greatest challenge was to make the ladies comfortable enough to relax and be their natural selves.
Many of the ladies had passions in their lives, which I have aimed to incorporate, and the few professional models were given the opportunity to collaborate creatively in a way that they had not done before.
I would not begin to understand the psychology behind my sitters' decisions to volunteer, but there were some moving stories to tell. One lady had her shoot just a few days before having a double mastectomy.
Is it art or craft? Is it documentary? I like to think it is all those things. It's certainly a snapshot in the lives of those lovely ladies which they will have forever. I hope you will also want to be a part of this very special artistic document.
The book will be full colour, hard bound and printed in high quality on around 120 pages.
What next? Volume 2? "Liberated Lads"? "Liberated Accountants"? "Liberated Landladies?" This could be the start of a wonderful series. But first, please help by not only supporting, but also by spreading the word to your friends. Feel free to use social media, e-mails, word of mouth, snail mail, whatever.
The project will not go ahead unless all of the target is reached, so speed is of the essence when it comes to spreading the word.
I have promised each of the ladies a complimentary copy of the book. Please help them to get their reward.
Many thanks for your help,
Risks and challenges
Facebook keeps sending me to jail for breaking their rules on nudity, so I have to look for other vehicles for promotion.
Once we reach the target, the only problem I can foresee would be my suppliers keeping to their promises regarding timing.
As I write this before the launch, the design has not yet been finalised, but with so many lovely images to choose from, my biggest challenge will be to listen to the 'less is more' advice. Some shoots lend themselves to sequences, and I may indulge in a few of them. Should clients like to see more from a particular session, they can request a bespoke book, or a slideshow from the perks on offer.
I am allowing 3 weeks for the design and 4 weeks for the printing. Distribution should take no more than 2 weeks to leave me.
- (30 days)