Text by SARAH STANBURY Photography by FENTON BAILEY Most Read Photography

When people hear the term “nude,” are they misled into assuming that the naked body must only be focused on in a sexual manner? Have nudes become a taboo subject?

Fenton has been photographing nudes for several years now, during which time he has used many different techniques and developed his style. He has gained a passion for capturing the female body and I, too, have now found love and interest for the genre.

Fenton’s earlier photographs portrayed the body in a more sculpture-like way, where tone played a crucial part. However, to capture nudes that are emotionally provocative and personal can be much trickier.



There are certain striking features that make these photographs captivating. The style feels soft and natural, making the image truthful. They have unusual and interesting visual characteristics and a strong nostalgic feel. They are not overly seductive or glamorous but create an enchanting intimacy.

Fenton is an artist who works to capture the female body in an empowering, mysterious and wistful way. He always captures a special and intimate moment.

Some of Fenton’s work has been refused by magazines simply because they were uncomfortable with the fact that a man was taking a photo of a woman in the nude and their readers could be averse to the concept. Is this view unjust? I feel it would be a great pity if society today could not come to terms with the fact that there is nothing shaming, unsophisticated or rude about the female body being captured. The representation can be displayed in inspiring, sensual and romantic ways, and I really hope this genre of photography is not to be overlooked.







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