The minimum age for art nude models is eighteen. Anyone under eighteen is a child and cannot be photographed without clothes on.
UdA welcomes a model who turned eighteen only a few months ago and has already dozens and dozens of shoots under her belt.
Based in London, still studying for her A' levels, Tansy-Blue has also a great talent for writing and her journals on deviantArt have quite a following.
Tansy is proof that modelling without an agency and operating solely through the internet works well.
By Hugh Alison
She joined Purestorm on 26th January 2011 and she already has at least forty-four references left by the many photographers she has worked with, all very positive. Each one praises her for her enthusiasm and for her keen interest in art nude photography.
Tansy does not rely on looks alone, it is her intelligence and determination to make a good image that make her stand out.
Neither petite nor tall and leggy, Tansy is a full figured art model able to demonstrate great flexibility and agility. There are hundreds of (in modelling terms) classically beautiful, slender eighteen year olds. Tansy is different and quite unique.
I have asked her, on behalf of UdA, to tell us her story and talk to us about her favourite images.
How I began
by Bill Morton "Chair"
When I was about 14 years old I discovered art. I'd always had a passing interest in it but I was too scared of being mocked by my peers if I expressed this interest. Then, by chance, I discovered deviantART, and thought it was awesome. I began to spend a lot of time browsing, discovering artworks in a wide variety of styles. At first I was mainly interested in cartoon wolves and horses, but eventually my interests began to sway towards photography in general, and towards fine art nude photography.
by Simon Richardson
Mosh was the first model who introduced me to the concept of a model as more than a prop, a model as an essential part of the creative team. Eventually, I realised that I wanted this role in the creative team (as well as holding the camera, which I do on occasion; though I'm currently on a photography break and rarely identify myself as a photographer). I wanted to be an enabling force that allows photographers to create the images in their minds. I wanted to create shapes and poses and arrange myself in front of the light in such a way that the photographer cannot fail but make something beautiful.
I started modelling when I was 17, with my parents' consent, as a life model, at a special event for new models at the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (where I now pose regularly). Through a couple of lucky breaks, I landed a few photosessions as well, enabling me to sign up to Purestorm and Model Mayhem very soon after my 18th birthday. Plenty of photographers messaged me - and it went from there.
My favourite photographs.
There are quite a few images for which I modelled that I truly love. Here is a selection.
by Akif Hakan Celebi (former contributing artist of UdA)
This is from my first shootwas the first photographer I shot with, and the experience was invaluable in my development as a model. He taught me important lessons about what is and isn't normal on a shoot, and impressed upon me the importance of stringent reference checks. Thanks Hakan, you taught me so much in such a short space of time; I will never forget shooting with you or the importance of my safety.
. I set this image up myself. I basically said to Adrian "Okay, stand here, I'm going to pose there, I want you to zoom out and show me tiny against the cliff face". I also lost my glasses while doing this and had to go home from Wales on the train blind, which was quite an adventure. It's a story telling image to me.