Once again, not a wholly naturist post, but I decided that I’d like to try to emulate the feel of one of the great glamour/erotic/nude photographers of the 20th century, Helmut Newton.
I first became aware of his name when a student at art college, through a famous photograph of the English actress Charlotte Rampling.
Photographed in the Hotel Nord Pinus, in Arles, in 1973, she doesn’t actually show ‘much’, but the photo contains a strong eroticism. More importantly, where the naked female in photographs is often a topic to be ‘consumed’, the strength of the photo comes in Rampling not appearing naked and vulnerable, but naked, strong and in control.
Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton, 1974
Hotel Room in Montecatin, by Helmut Newton
Ms. Rampling, now 67 years of age, still looks terrific and gorgeous, as a recent nude photo shoot at the Louvre demonstrates. I’m not offering photos of that shoot (by Juergen Teller) in this post, but Barbara, who always has a keen eye to ‘the older avatar’, is working on a companion piece to this post, and she’ll feature those photos in that post (plus some of my own SL photos by way of illustration).
Charlotte Rampling, part of the ‘Arles’ shoot by Helmut Newton
A second post, ‘After Helmut Newton, part 2’, will also be forthcoming, with less of the text, and explanation, to what I’m trying to achieve, and just a portfolio of photos ‘trying to be Newton’.
The four photos above just try to capture an essence of Newton, test prints, if you will. In Part 2 I’ll be trying to get to the core of Newton’s work, and present a gallery of my SL photos that are a homage to the great man.