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William Sharpe and I decided to do a nude shoot on the rocky shores of Cape Town. The shoot was intended to show the intimate link between man and nature, how we are all a part of the bigger picture and in essence connected. We used the rocky beaches of Llandudno Bay, as public nudity is allowed and started shooting at four in the morning to get the beautiful, natural and soft lighting required for the shoot.

William, Ernst Seegers & Associates, left his beard unshaved so that the shoot could imply a more primal nature and, again, hint at our natural selves. We also used the environment as more than a background, but rather part of the shoot. In many of the frames the rock encloses Will so that he literally ‘becomes’ part of nature.

In the processing of the images we used colour filters to give the photos an earthy, more neutral feel and enhanced the original idea for taking the nudes. The symmetry and repetition represents eternity, balance and beauty of nature. The patterns that is often found in nature and how man’s behaviour and the relationship can either be a thing of beauty or a destructive force. The whole shoot hints at a connection to more than just our self-centred identities and shows us being a part of a whole.

A few of the difficulties we had on the day was that rock was really, really sharp and we had to make sure that the model does not cut by using pieces of cloth and of course, dropped some (very expensive) equipment from the rocks. Also, at four in the morning it is quite cold and it takes a strong model to just accept this and still pose gracefully. Will was such a trooper that he persisted even in these difficult circumstances and we got the amazing shots that I am proud to present to you today.

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Till next time

Elsofie

Photographer: Elsofie Pitout, Assistant: Regardt Roos, Model: William Sharpe @billysbaloon: Ernst Seegers & Associates

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