" My objective in shooting nudes is to capture beauty, form, and all the wonderful variations of light falling on the female body." Stephen Haynes
Who doesn't know Stephen Haynes ?... This famous artist is certainly one of the most prolific you'll find.
He's so renowned that he made me shy until I asked him the permission to publish this article. I discovered a kind artist, quite ready to communicate his passion without limits.
With more than 3500 fine art nude pictures, over 50 models and 250 sessions since July 2001, working mainly in black & white or toned B&W, with a large preference for studio nudes, Stephen Haynes’ prints are owned by more than 170 collectors all around the world.
Stephen Haynes is a fine art photographer living in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
He comes relatively late to full-time devotion to the photographic arts, but has compensated by the intensity of his work.
While his principal subject currently is the fine art nude, he has also done notable work in landscapes, travel scenes, portraiture and the performing arts.
About his art :
I am largely self-taught. Even without much formal training, I try to produce photos and prints of high esthetic quality, to exacting technical standards.
With the female nude, I always seek new settings, lighting and poses in which to present the human form. In travel, I hope to photograph either from special vantage points or at a unique moment in time. Form and structure often triumph over grand vistas or photos that will appeal to an ‘art show’-type clientele. My portraiture work has usually been done on-location ; I prefer to stay away from formal studio portraiture.
Stylistically, I am a hyper-realist. I tend not to create fantasy scenes for my nudes, and I like candid shots in all my photography. Geometry, symmetry and asymmetry, action or implied movement, emotion, a hint of eroticism, idealized beauty and a wide variety of lighting styles are to be found in my nude photography.
I tend to prefer studio nudes to those photographed in nature or on location, because under studio conditions nothing competes with the model for the viewer’s attention.
Some people say that the nude has ‘already been done,’ photographically. I beg to differ. Each woman is different, and each model interacts with the camera in her own, unique way. My models inevitably react very positively to my photographs of them. That in turn stimulates my artistry. The result is a widely varied collection of nudes, a rich collaboration between one artist (me) and another (my model).