Best of Nudity: Stephanie Bowers

The power and beauty of the female form has long been Stephanie Bowers’ muse. Having worked as a women’s boudoir photographer for almost a decade, Stephanie decided to turn the camera unto herself, capturing her body as if it were a landscape. These conceptual bodyscapes quickly became something much more visually arresting as she began to incorporate elements of fashion and design into the poses and postproduction of her images. Her most recent series, Chameleon, sees the artist remove skin colour and context to play with shape and varying shades of white. What we are left with is a series which is highly polished and surreal, yet flirtatiously provocative. “It’s immensely rewarding to know that I created these self-portrait collections,” tells Stephanie. “But it’s equally as gratifying to find people daring enough to hang them openly in their spaces – not afraid of their own expressionism in doing do.” For Stephanie, a mother of two and former competitive athlete, the power and potential of the female body is endless. While not innately sexual, her photographs offer a unique perspective of the naked female form.

Feature image: Stephanie Bowers, Chameleon 1. Photographic print, 100 x 80cm. Courtesy: the artist

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