I’d been dying to do a proper “artistic nude” set for ages and when the chance came, it was the day before I was booked in for an operation on my leg. I thought then that it was now or never.

A nude is a piece of art that takes, as its central idea, the naked human body. The term can be applied to painting, sculpture, photography and a variety of mixed media.

In photography, artnude is a style which makes the naked human body the most important element of a composition. Glamour photography places more emphasis on the model and his or her sexuality and treats the model as the primary subject.
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Many photographers consider an artnude photograph to be one that pays close attention to the human body, rather than the person. A photograph of an individual that is meant to be recognized is called a portrait and nude photographs often do not show a face at all.

Artnude photography is generally not a casual snapshot, but a carefully composed image of a person in a still position. Photographers sometimes use extremes of light and dark, oiled skin and/or shadows falling across the body to show texture and structure more clearly.

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I had clear ideas about what I wanted to achieve with the shoot but the photographer, uncharacteristically for him, had different ones. As a result, the process took a lot longer than usual. There was a point where I wanted to give up and try again another day but I was determined to give it one last go because the sun was going down fast. I remembered that twilight can play special tricks on the skin that you can’t achieve, photographically, by any other means.

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My frustration about the early stages of the shoot stayed with me and I found it hard to concentrate as it progressed because I was getting cold on the sofa with high heels that only kept my feet warm. It was winter when we shot this and I still remember those goosebumps on my skin.

Photography by Guy Moberly

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