August 29, 2011

A Zen Eye Photography: Eric McCollum

Introducing Eric McCollum from Washington DC - this is his first feature here at UdA.

by Alex

Eric in his own words:

I am a photographer based in the greater Washington, DC area in the United States.  I began taking photographs as a child and studied photography briefly in college in the ‘70s but left it behind as other pursuits took my attention.  During that time, however, I had the amazing experience of taking a course in the History of Photography from Beaumont Newhall, then teaching at the University of New Mexico.  It was a wonderful chance to touch the very roots of American photography.  About 7 years ago, I came back to the camera as I was searching for a creative outlet.  I specifically decided to concentrate on the nude figure . . . there is the mystery of the nude, the performance of the shoot, and the wonderful intersection of light and skin.  I like to think my images have to do both with form and intimacy.  I collaborate with my models . . . they inspire me . . . and I want some essence of who they are to linger in what we create together.  

Eric's favourite images

I was inspired years ago by an image of Wynn Bullock’s – a nude girl sitting in meditation pose on a beach with the sea foam coming in to create patterns around her.  I never forgot it.  Beth in the water is my homage to that image from my past.  I love the chaotic flow around her as she sits still.

Meditation  Model:  Beth Caldwell 

I have found the selective focus of the Lensbaby often fits my vision.  I like the tones and texture the Lensbaby gives to this image.

Nude with Black Flower  Model:  Katileania

I was drawn to the mystery of the pale figure emerging from the shadows in this image.  Shot beneath the trees beside a stream just before a thunderstorm.

 By the Stream  Model: Zinn Star

Another image shot beside a stream, this time with the wonderful model Rhus.  We in the Washington DC area in the US are truly blessed to have so many fine figure models available to us.  I like the emotion in this image and how Rhus’ gaze is turned out of the frame.

Rhus #3   Model:  Rhus 

I don’t only work in natural light.  I find the studio is also a wonderful arena for my work with a feeling of intimacy that locations sometimes don’t provide.  In this image, I was playing with the tone and texture of the stark white dried blossom against the background of the figure in shadow.

Untitled  Model:  Katileania

There is something interesting about the masked nude figure . . . the contrast of anonymity and exposure.  Rhus’ pose brings a hint of dark energy to the image. 

  Masked Dance   Model: Rhus

Sometimes it’s fun to play a little on the glamour side of things.  Katlyn Lacoste is a terrifically versatile model and we had fun one day with  the white plastic chair.

Untitled  Model:  Katlyn Lacoste

Cocoon Series #17  Model: Rhus
My latest project is the Cocoon Series.  The prop is a nylon body cocoon that lends an air of mystery as well as a sculptural space to the body.  This image was lit from a single window in an old warehouse.  As with much of my work, the figure emerging from deep shadow draws my eye.

Wonderful work Eric, thank you for sharing with us.

August 27, 2011

An announcement

Alex by David Holmes

Hello everyone
we would like to make an announcement. Chris is on sabbatical. It will be myself, Roswell, Mosa and the contributing editors who will run UdA.
Apologies to those who have already sent pictures and information about themselves and who are still waiting for a feature. We have been in a transitional phase and some of us have been away. The features will appear as promised. We actually have a full programme of features and we are always willing to take into consideration any suggestion from followers. Please keep in touch with us. We will have features about male nudes, features of photographers who do not work in the 'classic' fine art nude mode and also features of visual artists - painters and sculptors. Everything that is a celebration of the human form. 
We now have a Facebook page, please visit and like us! We are on Twitter as @Univdartistes Please follow us! and we have a new email address which you should use to send us suggestions for features etc. univdartistes at (substitute at with @)

Have a great weekend!   Alex for the UdA team

August 16, 2011

Alex Ingram

Alex Ingram is someone very dear in my heart. When I first published this article I didn't know who was this Master. And I discovered, from weeks to weeks, the wonderful human he was beyond his talent. His artworks are on my walls ! Imagine how proud I am. When I see his dedicated and signed master pieces, with the name of the art-model ! Because he knows that nothing can be created alone.

So here he is. Again and again. A close friend full of beautiful words. With a vision I share. I'm his fan.

" The concept from the outset was to contrast the curves of the body and smooth skin tones with natural elements of rock, trees and water.
The style has developed to encompass some other aspects, often suggested by models whose input I greatly value and look upon shoots as being a collaborative process." Alex Ingram

Art Model Madame Bink -

This artwork is now on my wall ! Thanks Alex, you're great !

Art Model Madame Bink

"Hair Shapes"

Art Model Madame Bink

Alex Ingram is a talented photographer we couldn't miss. Of course, there is no hazard when passion is guiding you.

Photographer for over 40 years, from NW Highlands, UK, Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography, member of the Master Photographers Association and the Royal Photographic Society, Alex loves to shoot in his wonderful landscapes of his magic Scotland.

His way to direct his splendid models, among the most renowned such as Kat Love, is always very inspired. Each shot tells us a story and elevates the nude into the realm of Art. His compositions are perfectly mastered, his lights fantastic. So everything is there for the outbreathing "Wow!" factor we love so much.

"Snow Kat"
Art Model and Photographer Kat Love -

" Last time I worked with Kat was in California at 114F, this time Kat came to the Highlands of Scotland and we did a quick shoot in snow at her request. Snow pictures of this type tend not to work in black & white, snow looks like sand !"

Let's hear him :

"Singapore 1"
Art Model Iveta Niklova

It was only in April 2001 that the opportunity arose for my first fine art shoot, despite being involved in photography since schooldays in the mid fifties.

Nearly twenty of twenty-five years in the police I was a forensic photographer and cameraman, in addition to the other aspects of scene of crime work. Following an injury I had to leave the police in 1985 and eventually started as a freelance photographer and TV cameramen in Shropshire, England.

In 1988 a move was made to the remote North West Highlands of Scotland and the business had more emphasis on broadcast television, providing mainly news and current affairs for BBC, ITV, and other broadcasters. The photographic side was mainly commercial, with some tourism and press work.

Being a carer for my elderly mother meant work was gradually reduced as her condition deteriorated. The first fine art shoot with Tamalyn took place in a respite care week ; mother was a great supporter of this style of work and first to see the pictures.

On my wall too !

"Steaming Forest"

"Rotorura, New Zealand. The steam is from the boiling water of the stream beyond Joceline and the other side of the trees. It's a geothermal volcanic area with hot rocks, mud holes bubbling from the earths interior, and rather unique pungent aroma of sulphur! Very difficult for the model because the steam comes & goes, so can means holding a pose for a long time until the right cloud effect appears for a fleeting moment."

"Cave girls"
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Art Models Joceline Brooke-Hamilton and Kat Love

"Moon dance"
Art Models Joceline Brooke-Hamilton
and Kat Love

" Kat (left) and Joceline in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The small Joshua Tree was included as the location has a particular significance to me. It was the first park and rural location that I ever visited in the USA."

The concept from the outset was to contrast the curves of the body and smooth skin tones with natural elements of rock, trees and water.

The style has developed to encompass some other aspects, often suggested by models whose input I greatly value and look upon shoots as being a collaborative process.

Arms & Legs

"Totally Joceline's idea, are you allowed a nude without a torso ? Taken in bathroom of our room in Sigatoka, Fiji. Discovered the cupboard opened on bedroom side too, so could look straight through to bath, giving more space than usual. Flash was on top shelf of cupboard with large diffuser jammed in the gap between shelf & ceiling."

"Frozen waterfall"
Art Models Alison and Laura

During my involvement in this area of work I have met some wonderful people, not just the models but their partners too in many cases. We have become good friends and they have encouraged and supported me over some difficult times.

My mother died just before her 90th birthday in 2002, the same year I was sixty.

One of the last things she said to me on the final day was that she was glad that I had found this new circle of friends through this work. 

Consequently instead of returning to fulltime work I decided to pursue my personal work to a greater degree.

My site is a tribute to the support my mother gave me in this project ; also to the great people I have met through all this work. Thank you all for your inspiration, dedication and friendship.

"Portrait 1"
Art Model Alison

" I have always been fascinated by Alison's facial expressions, something she uses within fine art modelling far more than anyone else I have worked with in this field. Alison was squatted on the floor in my lounge naked in this unusual position. The train she was shortly to catch was in sight across the loch. Once the moment was captured it was a mad dash to the station 3 miles away !"

Art Model Alison

" This casual shot of Alison was at the end of a shoot, taken just before Portrait - 1. It's near the back of my lounge, well away from the window."

Alex Ingram ©

August 7, 2011

Welcome to Roswell Ivory, new Contributing Editor

I am delighted to welcome Roswell Ivory, model and writer - read her blog at WordPress - as a contributing editor of UdA. Roswell is one of the most active models on the UK art nude scene. I have interviewed her on behalf of UdA and asked her to select her favourite images in her portfolio.

Roswell in her own words: 
It has been five years since I was spotted by a talent scout at a festival and began modelling- and if I said I loved every minute of it, youd probably roll your eyes and skip to the next article in the hope that the model doesnt use that old chestnut again… so I wont…

I often get freezing cold, swelteringly hot, soaking wet and very tired when posing, because thats the life of a nude model. But what I do love, other than the travel, the meeting people, and yes occasionally (ok, usually) even the photoshoot itself, is seeing the shots at the end and knowing those bruises were worth it and will continue being worth it for years to come.
So bring on that muddy field, frosty November waterfall and jagged cliff edge, because scenery usually looks better with a naked lady!

My favourite images in my portfolio

This is the picture that still gets the most feedback, even today. I had met Titus a long time ago but it was a year later that we did this photoshoot. Sometimes, youre posing and the photographers clicking away and you both stop because you know you have The Shot right there. This was one of those moments.

by Gregory Miles Brown

I was in Spain with three photographers and two other models on an art-nude expedition. The original plan was have the material billowing in the wind except there was no wind and therefore no billowage! It was my idea to tie the material to the metal ring but I cant remember who decided I should lean back. Either way, this is one of my favourite shots in my portfolio.

I cant possibly convey how tired I was before this shoot (spending the night in an airport is not fun), but as soon as I began posing, adrenaline kicked in. Were in Barcelonas Parc Labyrinth which is full of statues of Greek deities and has resident herons! (I was watching one which was eyeing the fish in the pond, and trying not to disturb it as I moved around). 

 Backroads of Cornwall with photographer G Haskew, when our road was closed and we had to take a detour. This piece of Middle Earth loomed in front of us and at some point during my spiel of Lord of the Rings fangirl bliss, I managed to take my clothes off and pose!
(You can tell I wasnt planning to shoot that day- Id plaited my hair before bed the previous night which is why its wavy!)

I like that this image combines art-nude and fetish as these genres provide the majority of my work. I didnt think I'd get a chance to show off my “pony boots” during an art-nude booking, but I was glad I did. (Yes, I can walk in them too…)   

I was shooting with Sylvie Blum at around 6am and remember bursting out laughing just before this shot. I had been bullied throughout my childhood and teen years and at that moment was thinking about how far Ive come since then.
I think, right there, you are seeing the happiest woman on the planet.

One of the last shots from the Spain art-nude trip. All week, Id been after some simple but sultry images and here is one, taken against the wall of our villa by John Tisbury.

I love the natural world and never feel more at home posing than when Im out in the wild somewhere! I just love the impact of this location (which looks exactly like this- minimal photoshop), and its just down the road from me!

Another from Barcelonas Parc Labyrinth. We came across this little shelter and I fell in love with it! So I posed inside, outside, in the doorway, against the wall and hanging from the window bars… Ive always liked experimenting and challenging myself on photoshoots- Id rather try something and look ridiculous, than do the same pose and expression in every photo. 

Another from Paris- against the bridge of Alexander III. Despite the seriously early hour, there were people bustling about and so we could only spend around five minutes at each location! I made the coat myself…

 I have  many more images in my port which I truly love. 

And, before I forget, I would like to credit photographer Shaun Colclough. The lessons I learned during our short photoshoot will certainly stay with me for my modelling career. Though our shoot produced no usable images, I am currently trying to pass the lessons on and have dedicated a blog entry to my experience with him. Thanks, Shaun.

Thank you Roswell. I truly look forward to collaborating with you.