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Bronze 2021 Fine Art / Nudes

The Forest

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art / Nudes
  • Photographer
    Selina Mayer

The Forest is a conscious departure from masculinity & modernity, in medium & in subject matter. My subjects are my contemporaries, from my global community of young artists using their bodies for self-expression, uniquely connected in the digital age through social media. Being in the same community we are allowed an immediate level of familiarity & intimacy. We are nude, but it is an unselfconscious & primordial nudity, reclaimed from the male gaze. We are in nature & a part of it; we are skyclad witches & exultant earth goddesses in communion with nature, vulnerable yet unafraid.

I am a British visual artist working primarily with analogue photography, specialising in nude portraiture. I studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and continue to live and work in London. The first nude body I photographed was my own. My self-portraiture is a way for me to explore my own vulnerabilities, and I did this by removing my clothing, my armour. Later, others responded to this vulnerability and began allowing me past their own armour. By shooting on film my photos become tactile objects, a counterpoint to the incorporeal and ephemeral digital photography that surrounds us every day.