The Sensuality of Light

I know, it sounds pretty much like a kinky second-rate trashy novel full of exposed body parts and dangling participles but don’t be alarmed (or disappointed). We are not going down that road, well, not today at least. Let me show you what brought about this title:

These photographs are part of the Old Hollywood Glamour (Lucille Ball) series we shot earlier this year, pretty much at the beginning of the now despised #lockdown2020. This is my rebellious way of drawing the line at photography that is graphic and over-sexualised, misrepresenting the female mind and soul. Women photographers all over the world are up in arms at the continued use of scantily clad women in advertising, book and album covers, and every other visual marketing option. Sex sells is the perpetual motto that has many of us refusing to take commissions for projects that continue to objectify and demean the female body.

One of most interesting explorations I undertook in 2020 has been the use of natural light to create sensuality. There is a general misconception that sensuality is linked entirely to sexuality and the human body. I’m here to debunk this. Have a look:

Nature is incredibly sensual and can push anyone to the verge of tears or laughter when touched in a particular way. Have you been kissed by the light, caressed by a breeze, or slapped by a storm? Has thunder brought you to your knees or the gentle waves at the seaside induced butterflies in your stomach for no reason at all? Sometimes it is the absence of light that opens up the floodgates, or the small refractions through raindrops that make my soul sing.

When light plays with our senses, and if handled properly, it is powerful beyond words.

The past three years have been an incredible journey as a photographer. Finding that niche, particularly for portraiture, has been a struggle. It wasn’t until I began playing up negative spaces in an attempt to establish a yin and yang in my composition that I began to feel at home. After much flirtation with literally nothing, I found my niche and comfort zone far away from the studio lights. It is the light, and not the exposure of skin that draws out the sensuality and flirts with the viewer, and not at all about how much butt or boobs to show. The challenge to me as a photographer is similar to what I set out to do as a writer – find out how to make the most of light and shadow in order to be a catalyst for raw emotions, triggered imaginations, and usher the audience into a story or a dialogue.

Click HERE for the prequel to this blog.

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