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Nudes and Portraits Hardcover – 1 Aug 2004
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Showcasing 120 of photographer Gordon Thye's gorgeous, duotones. this coffee table book offers images that are sensitive, cheerful, aesthetic, and erotic. The photographs show a masterful use of light and shadow, with sharp and blurred focus that elicits a wide variety of emotions. The images include peaceful moments full of magic; stylised graphic compositions; surreal stage scenes; and erotic portraits of self-confident, young and beautiful women. With his aesthetically arranged poses, intentionally simple lighting, and an emphasis on the essential elements of design the photographer shows how little is actually required to achieve a great photograph.
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Thye offers a varied and enjoyable collection of classic nudes and "glamor" photos. Some of them (pp.50, 55, among other) emphasize the model's mood, others (e.g pp. 13, 106-7) idealize the sculptural character of a woman's figure, yet others (87, 96) seem more like portraiture, but something an undefinable bit more. Although the model's sensuous nature saturates each image, a few (such as 112 or 115) go deeper into clearly erotic territory. Even then, visual elegance and restraint steer these images clear of simple crudity.
The market is filled with outstanding books of figure photography these days. Others focus on a single kind of vision, a single model, or sexual expression. Instead, this photos offer a variety of different views, bound together by Thye's unifying style. This makes a welcome addition to any collection devoted to women's beauty.
An artist's presentation of 106 B & W photographs on 119 pages, nearly every one a full-page reproduction, about half given modest borders. Overall, the author's models are attractive, young & overtly sensual by either looks, pose, minimal props, or now and then clothing. Thye's photographs have exqusite detail, bespeaking use of larger format studio cameras - none bear the tiniest hint of snapshot photography, but there is marvelous, generally simplistic, lighting for mood & for textural detail of eyes, lips, hair & freckles.
Stats: 42 photos did not show hand/fingers; 3 showed finger rings; 2 had jeweled navels, 2 wore earrings & 1 a necklace. Visible tattoos were the exception (5 models): 1 deltoid & thigh, 2 back, 1 abdomen & 1 chest. High heels featured on 14 models, while 2 or more models shown together in only 3 photos save a few multiple exposure of same model. Out-of-theme were 3 contrived postures: 1 panty-bra, 1 toilet scenic & 1 sought pubic sanctuary with a cluster of grapes.
In summary: an exquisite collection of young while blonde & brunette models of unusual spunky genre generally lacking in tattoos, jewelry, clothing, baring mostly all & whose physical features generally included natural free-style long hair, pert breasts, supple lips, looks of innocence & a generous sprinkling of wholesome facial freckles worn with elegance in complimentary lighting whilst freed of austere posing. Except for eye makeup, candid beauty is unveiled with a minimum of contrivences. Here is a good example of feminine pulchritude, a modicum of erotic charisma freed of pornographic or "para-erotic" particulars. The paper, printing & binding are first class. An excellent addition for the coffee table.