One of the greatest works of art ever created was the human body. For centuries, photographers have captured the beauty of the naked body displaying it in fine art galleries and glamour magazines. Edward Weston, an influential nude photographer from the 1920’s, once said, “The photographer’s most important and likewise most difficult task is not learning to manage his camera, or to develop, or to print. It is learning to see photographically – that is, learning to see his subject matter in terms of the capacities of his tools and processes, so that he can instantaneously translate the elements and values in a scene before him into the photograph he wants to make.”
Angelique Olin, a retired police officer from Fort Myers, FL, is a photographer with an eye for nudes. Residing in Bailey, CO, Angelique grew up in the industry and is, in my opinion, the photographer Mr. Weston once described. As a nude photographer, it takes a lot of passion and a lot of courage to transform the human body into a piece of art that not only looks good when printed, but makes the person being photographed feel genuinely sexy.
“The thing I love the most about nude photography is finding that ‘one thing’ about a person that is really beautiful,” says Angelique. “Regardless of size, shape, etc., I love finding that beauty in a person.”
When I first met Angelique, what really captured me was her attention to detail and her ability to make the natural curves of the body look like landscapes. In her photo titled Sand Dunes, it captures a woman on her belly with her hip and rib cage rippling in the shape of a valley. “The photo was a total accident,” she says, “but it put me on the road to shooting body landscapes.”
Angelique’s clients range from yoga trainers to fashion models, though she says that some of her favorite models to shoot are ballet dancers. Not only are dancers’ bodies strong, their movement can look really beautiful on camera. Shooting a dancer’s movement can be tricky at times and often requires multiple shots. Angelique’s image Tiny Dancer, for example, took over 76 times before she and the model got it right.
When you speak with Angelique about her photography, you can hear in her voice that she takes a great deal of pride in doing what she does. “When I left the police force,” she says, “I told my husband that I did a job for nearly 20 years that I did not love and now I would do the one thing I do love, photography. It has always been my passion and my love.”
For more information on Angelique, please visit her website at www.soul-flowerstudios.com.
Giulia is a hard core yogi who loves city life and local art. She is the Director of RAW:natural born artist in Boulder, CO and a big supporter of the underground art scene. If it was up to her, Giulia would spend the rest of her life on a yoga mat while having intellectual conversations about human rights and where to get the best tasting local food in Denver.