Nature

Who Are These Nude Girls?

Many of the women in these artistic images are scientists, engineers, administrators or educators I met at the university. I deeply admire them and I am most grateful for their trust.

Why and how these nudes were made

I had met this girl at the university, and it was only after we were in love that she accepted to pose nude for me:


Nude

In those days nude modelling was no small accomplishment: normally you had to give your negatives to someone else for developing and printing. I avoided this by setting my own laboratory in the kitchen sink, but that forced me to work in black and white because the Agfa home color lab that I had did not give good results (my fault, not Agfa's).


Since those early days, I have photographed many other women with the same goal in mind: the joint production of something beautiful. Why not male nudes? I did a few, but I felt better working with women so I concentrated on them.


You will not find here the theatrical nudes of the Russian school, the subrealism of the European school or the extreme image manipulation of the American school. No hairdresser, professional make-up, escenographers or huge lamps.


These are intimate images, made mostly for the models themselves; as I often tell them, “mementos of your current self that you can be proud to show to your grandchildren”.


The oldest images show the grain typical of negative film used in low light conditions. A strong grain was the fashion in Eastern European nudes of the 1970s. Today it seems to have less followers but still grain is nice in some cases. You will even find here a section of smartphone nudes, with the technical limitations of small cameras working at low light levels: grainy images with strong over or underexposure. I did not try to correct that, it is part of the charm of such images. My images are, in their dominant use of natural light and absence of makeup, honest photographs, almost documentary in nature.


Julián Monge-Nájera

Tropinature, Costa Rica, 2015

Face to Face

Face to Face

Ars Lux

Smartphone Nudes




“These are intimate images, made mostly for the models themselves”


“My images are, in their dominant use of natural light and absence of makeup, honest photographs, almost documentary in nature””


Here is a brief essay about nudity