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Private Bodies is an art photography project that documents people from all walks of life, naked in their own homes.

YAY - WE HAVE PASSED OUR GOAL! People have asked where they can get the book once the Kickstarter campaign ends - you will be able to pick up the books (once published and ready to ship) over at http://thatnikonguy.com/  

The final price of the book is going to be AUD$80, plus $15 for Australian delivery or plus $30 for international delivery... so best deal is still to get in at the Kickstarter prices.

Private Bodies celebrates beauty and trust – and I want you to be involved. 

Tell me more about Private Bodies

The project was born out of my interest in peoples perception and acceptance of their bodies, as well as the position of nude photography in society and art. Not surprisingly, given the world of paparazzi, many people are not as trusting of photographers these days. I wanted to challenge this – to invite all people to participate in the project. 

The central concept of the project is 'everyday people, nude in their own space'. That usually means their own home - but we shot in some fantastic and unusual locations too. One subject spent her whole life around horses. She flew up to Sydney to be in Private Bodies, so we found a gorgeous horse farm in the mountains and spent the day shooting there.

Who are the subjects? 

The subjects of the book are a cross section of society – there were no conditions or requirements to participate other than being over 18 and interested in the concept. Subjects range from people totally comfortable with their bodies to up and coming models, to camera-shy people who had never posed for a photoshoot – let alone nude. 

For those who follow my YouTube Channel ‘ThatNikonGuy’ – you will recognise many familiar faces from various videos, including Caitlin, Orlando, Jennifer, Jason and Tina. 

#1 - Orlando
#1 - Orlando

Can you tell me more about the rewards? 

This project is a labour of love – and I am committed to getting this work out there to honour all of the participants who opened their homes and their trust to me.  I have created all the usual rewards including signed copies of the book and electronic downloads as well as some unique rewards. 

I have selected images to be offered as fine art prints - shown on this page. I have also commissioned Duncan Staples, a fabulous figurative painter, to paint his interpretation of a number of images from the project. 

Additionally I have offered opportunities for personal tuition and 1 on 1 training for those passionate about intimate portraiture. 

#2 - Isabella
#2 - Isabella

What isn't Private Bodies

While Private Bodies was born from some deep questions I had about nudity, trust and the role of photographers – this is not an academic piece. It is a celebration of beauty and the human form. 

 It is not censored, it is not gratuitous and it is not exploitational. 

#3 - Dan
#3 - Dan

Will it have words? 

Yes. The foreword for Private Bodies has been written by friend and collaborator Charles Waterstreet – a Sydney barrister, author and larrikin. 

I will also contribute with an introduction. 

Each participant completed a short questionnaire about themselves and how they feel about different issues relating to nudity and their body. A minimal amount of text will be included indicating the subjects name, date of the shoot and in some cases a response from the questionnaire. 

#4 - Tina
#4 - Tina

Tell me about the shooting process. 

I prefer to shoot in a casual and relaxed way. Each of the shoots took place at either the subjects home, somewhere meaningful or somewherecomfortable for them. The shoots ranged form 45 minutes to several hours, and always included lots of chat, laughter and fun. 

By shooting in peoples own spaces I could include elements that had special meaning to the individual – be it décor, pets or trinkets. I had not previously seen the locations, so the shoots flowed organically. On occasions I gave suggestions of poses to improve composition and shot more abstract/bodyscape images.

Please be aware that the book does contain full nudity - the images shared here online have been carefully chosen as 'internet friendly'. The project is all about being comfortable with nudity in your own space. 

#5 - Steve
#5 - Steve

What kind of book will this be? 

Private Bodies is going to be an 235mm x 320mm (9.2x12.6 inch) portrait-oriented, hardcover coffee table book with approximately 200 pages containing a mix of full-color and monochrome photos on high quality paper. This Kickstarter covers a 1st edition run of 1500 copies, and all copies ordered via Kickstarter will be signed. 

#6 - Caitlin
#6 - Caitlin

How did I get here? 

I live and breathe photography – it is my lifeblood. As a portrait photographer I am fascinated by people and I love interacting with new people.Private Bodies started casually, and evolved over time into this larger project. It is a personal project, a labour of love and one which has formed many new friendships. 

Stine Kronborg
Stine Kronborg
#7 - Tina (Image blurred for web only - no images in book or ebook are blurred.)
#7 - Tina (Image blurred for web only - no images in book or ebook are blurred.)

Where is all the money going?

$30,000 is a lot of money. It will cover all the costs involved in the design, the preparation of files, printing and shipping books and making and shipping prints.

Please note that Kickstarter is an ALL or NOTHING approach - if we fall short by $1 the project does not go ahead. But it is fine to go beyond the goal - I will deliver on all rewards listed.

Tina #1
Tina #1
Amy #1
Amy #1

Thank you for taking the time to read this far - please support the project by pledging your support and sharing this page with your friends.

*The music used in the video clip is by Miodrag Marjanov Quintet - used under creative commons licence from Free Music Archive.

NEW REWARDS - 4 unique ink sketches of images from Private Bodies - by Duncan Staples.

Bianca (top) & Melody (below)
Bianca (top) & Melody (below)
Jennifer (left) & The Couple (right)
Jennifer (left) & The Couple (right)

Other images from the book

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I am not alone in this project - I have partnered with a good friend in New York who is helping cover a lot of the logistics as printing will be managed through the USA.

The shooting is almost complete, the images are safe and ready to go.

This is my second book project, but this is much larger is scale. There is always a risk of delays and hiccups in the design, printing and delivery processes. To cover these I have obtained at least 2 acceptable quotes for each step, and I have included significant buffers in my timeline to cover delays at any stage in the project to ensure delivery by late December 2013.

FAQ

  • YES! It is my intention to include shots from every single Private Bodies shoot. The exact number of shots will depend on layout and how it all flows - but each person will be included.

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  • I travel a lot. This year I will get to NYC, Toronto, LA, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London, Berlin and likely more. If you are interested in taking one of the packages with a workshop or 1 on 1 - you can check out http://thatnikonguy.com/workshops to see my current schedule, or just send in a message and I will let you know the likelihood and when may be possible.

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  • We will have a party to celebrate the launch of the book - all supporters who have pre-purchased a book or print are invited - along with all of the participants in the shoots of course.

    The party will be in Sydney, late 2013. Exact date and location will be sent closer to the time to supporters.

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  • You will be able to pick up the books (once published and ready to ship) over at http://thatnikonguy.com/

    The final price of the book is going to be AUD$80, plus $15 for Australian delivery or plus $30 for international delivery... so best deal is still to get in at the Kickstarter prices.

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  • Simply put - you choose the reward you want, pledge that amount, then wait. Once the kickstarter period ends - assuming we pass the goal - you will be charged at that time. (If we fall short - no one is charged).

    Then delivery of the rewards will follow the estimated delivery times listed.

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  • Apologies - seems I worded that poorly. The standard kickstarter price for the book is $60 to Australia or $70 worldwide. I wanted to offer a $10 discount on that for the first 10 days. So if you get in early, you can snap one up for just $50 to Aus or $60 worldwide.

    (It may read like you are pledging just to get a discount ... no - you are getting a signed copy of the hardcover book).

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  • The book is exactly the same - they are only split into different prices in the single book packs due to the higher postage cost outside of Australia.

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    WE COME TO YOU! To thank you for your outstanding and generous support, Tina and I will travel anywhere* in the world to you - to give you a full day of private tuition - all inclusive. This will be a special trip just for you - it does not have to coincide with my other travels. I will customise a day of tuition and shooting practice that can include fashion, glamour, lingerie etc shooting, to cover whatever lighting, posing or technical topics you require. We will hire a location if needed, cover all of our costs and equipment. You will need to get yourself there. Of course we will bring a few signed books along for you too. Please email when pledging for this one - of course we will need to make sure the location is accessible, visas are obtainable, etc etc. We will find a time that works for everyone in the next 18 months - and make it happen!

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