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a winter nude

a winter nude

Women's bodies are so beautiful. Especially older women's bodies with their folds and creases, their ripples and flowing tides. The difference between a young and an older woman's body is like the difference between a sonata and a symphony. Both are lovely but one has many movements, a sense of time passing, of stories being told, of a beginning, middle and end. The beauty of a young woman's body is fleeting, whereas the older woman's body has settled into itself, it has no place to go, no clock to watch, no plane to catch. It is complete unto itself.

These reflections came after a day spent with two of my best women friends. We've been meeting to make art together for years, and today we dared to remove our clothes and let our naked bodies become our art. I was privileged to photograph my two friends, and one of them then photographed me. We didn't know it was going to unfold like this, but that's the nature of the beast: creativity has its own plans. Once the first of us dropped her modesty, it was easy for my other friend and I to do the same. Trust. Respect. Admiration. Courage. Playfulness. Comfort. Sensuality. All combined to produce feelings of love for our bodies and awe in the face of our friends' bodies. We were touched by magic.

As I looked through the viewfinder, I could not keep from expressing my appreciation of the beauty that I was seeing. Both of my friends said my affirming comments made them feel better about their bodies than they had felt in years. But it was true. They were stunningly beautiful. They ARE stunningly beautiful. After they'd left and I'd started working with some of the photos, I entered a state of awe-filled gratitude for the gifts these wonderful women had shared. The gift of themSelves.

With my friend's permission, I share here one of the photos that emerged from our time together. And I am delighted to say that she has agreed to come and pose for me again. How wonderful it would be if this were the first of a new series of work. May it be so.

Canon EOS 40D
1/100s f/2.8 at 35.0mm iso640 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original
Cyndy Largarticha28-Jan-2008 18:28
Patricia, I don't know which I love more, your beautifully crafted words, or this lovingly created image. This gallery is a gift on so many levels. Thank you.
daanstringer.com28-Jan-2008 11:17
very special!
Greg Harp28-Jan-2008 04:33
Nicely done Patricia.
an nguyen27-Jan-2008 20:40
Magic photograph, so are the words. Congratulations to both of you. V
Brinn MacDougall27-Jan-2008 20:11
Sumptuous illusion of true beauty...v
Colin Clarke27-Jan-2008 16:43
Salute! You. Woman. Women. Salute!
PauloCGama27-Jan-2008 15:06
love the light and mood!!!
Monique Laguë27-Jan-2008 14:55
Excellent and very creative.v
Silvia Roitman27-Jan-2008 14:53
excellent!!bravo!great light!!
Vince27-Jan-2008 13:58
Congratulations to you Patricia and also to your friends with this fine image. Vote.
Ann...27-Jan-2008 10:56
Truly beautiful and your experience goes to show that we should not close our minds to true art and the beauty which is in all of us.
beverley harrison27-Jan-2008 08:09
breathtaking patricia, as are your beautifully photographed...makes me want to do some nude work now!!
crina.27-Jan-2008 08:08
beautiful use of light, Patricia - my friends are still reluctant to pose in the nude - I am jealous:)
Paco López27-Jan-2008 07:17
Excellent!!!!! BV!
CM Kwan27-Jan-2008 06:58
Wonderful lighting! You always have wonderful idea, patricia! V
Adalberto Tiburzi27-Jan-2008 06:17
I must ask some friends of mine, not sure about the reply though ;-)
Carol Breton27-Jan-2008 05:36
Thank you for this gift to the rest of us women, Patricia. Your words and your image are beautiful and so meaningful.
Meggi Raeder27-Jan-2008 04:52
What a celebration - your words are so true but seldom heard in our youth oriented society. Bravo for sharing the image and the wonderful story !
Thank you, Meggi
mathilda williams27-Jan-2008 03:42
patricia, you are so right about this.
your photo is a celebration of a body that has nothing to
prove anymore, it is at peace with itself.
Patricia Lay-Dorsey27-Jan-2008 03:42
Yes, Glen, my friend was lying on a futon under a window that faces SW. I did not use a flash, nor were there any lights on in the room. It was about 2:30 p.m. In post-processing I darkened the photo using curves & heightened the contrast.
Glen Sansoucie27-Jan-2008 03:37
Great photo. Is this natural lighting?
(The lighting it great)
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