Naked UrbEx

This is just a trial video of some naked urban exploration.

The main part of what i’m trying to do is art nude photography, in this case within the urban exploration style. I started using video and realised it could help me view different settings and poses, not just in the derelict building type settings, but anywhere i’m on my own trying to create art nude self portraits. I also started to see how i could possibly use the video itself as a part of the art.

A lot of this come from me having been a life model for over 20 years, mostly as my main job, so although i now have a different full time job, the use of the figure in photography is very important to me.

This is by no means the finished product. I want to try and find music that may fit, i think in this one it’s reasonable, but maybe not perfect. I need to also think more about what to video and how to those clips together.
Sometimes i may want to show how i go about getting photos, and other times just show the exploration. For the moment it’s all about experimenting and trying find something that works well, so please bear with me and maybe help me along the way.

I do a bit of Urban Exploration from time to time. On some of those trips i also try to do some art nude photos. I wander around to try and find the right places and poses. It’s hard alone so i decided to try some video to record what i’m trying to do. It also made me realise that with video i can try poses and see what they’re like, then take still images. Time isn’t always with me as there’s always the risk of people coming along and most won’t appreciate what i’m trying to do

Back in January i took a few video clips at a site was visiting and this is the result.


Naked UrbEx from Purple T on Vimeo.


Photos taken during this trip.

First is a still from the video, this is what started to make me realise that video can help with poses.



This one fits with others i do about the way the human figure is forced to be hidden away by the warped view of many in society who can’t cope with a bit of flesh. It shows me trapped in a dark and dismal place.



And again trapped and trying to find a way out.







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Having recently decided to get a new phone and finally upgrade from the old iPhone 3G to the 5S it was interesting to see all the updates on camera apps.

One of the apps I’d liked is “Slow Shutter”. I felt there was potential to experiment more, especially to create movement in photos of people. The greater control offered with the app compared to early versions is really encouraging me to see what effects it can do.

Last night I had a quick experiment with a self portrait. The result was encouraging. I then edited it in “Snapseed” and used a simple effect to help darken the background.

As a starter I’m quite pleased with this.







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Earth Wizard……On Laundry Day

The title is a description given by a viewer on Flickr. He also said on one of them that it was “like viewing the world through an enchanted snow globe….without the snow”
I really liked what he said. He’s studying art and you can see his work on Flickr here

I took these using the Lensbaby fisheye optic.












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I’ve been exploring something of the darker side recently, a sinister side, that film character that never dies and just keeps on killing.







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Chillin in the late winter sun…

After three months of almost constant rain i managed to take advantage of a little late winter sun whist having a few days off work. It also gave me the chance to strip off and be at home with nature in the woods.

As much of my self nudes are about being hidden away due to restraints of society, i thought it’d be nice to actually share something a little more relaxed.
With a new Lensbaby fisheye optic in the camera bag i decided to give it a go.

When taking photos i almost always have it in mind to edit them as black and white, it’s a throwback to film days when i used black and white all the time. Although i posted the black and white ones on Flickr, i really like the colour versions. Even at the time of taking i was pretty torn between whether i wanted black and white or colour. I guess it’s one of the bonuses of digital that we get the RAW file to do as we want with.

Just Chillin!

Just Chillin in the sun…..
The effect of the fisheye optic creates some distortion as you move away from the centre of the image. Although it means i’m getting this distortion, i don’t think it detracts from the image at all.

In Nature

Enjoying the late afternoon rays…


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The Lovely Ladies

Recently i was out with a friend for a Saturday afternoon drink. As we sat in one of the pubs in the late afternoon we spotted these two wonderful ladies all dressed up. Although it may have seemed a little odd to be dressed up at that time of the day, we both really loved that they were, and that they were having a good day out together.
Just a few moments before this photo was taken one of them was returning from the bar with a fresh bottle of wine. She has such a wonderful grin on her face, it’s a great pity i didn’t quite manage to capture that moment. But i do like this photo and the way they a little contemplative.


The Lovely Ladies




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As with many of my self portrait nudes this has an element of how we are trapped in the fact that parts of society refuse to accept the natural naked human form.

I was trying out a new location that was dark, cold and wet. With all but one entry to the building blocked it really did feel like this is how we’re forced to hide the human body. Public nudity is perfectly legal in Britain, but try it and see how quickly the police arrive to force a cover up, or worse, to arrest you.
We get away with public nudity within a protest, as is demonstrated by the World Naked Bike Ride events that i try to partake in each year. But even nudity for art in the public domain becomes hazardous.

I doubt i’ll ever understand why people have such issues with non sexual nudity that brings about censorship, but have come to accept the sexualisation of the body in advertising. We have it the wrong way round!

It’s time to end censorship of the human body!






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