September 25, 2016

My daily Artworks on Facebook : Dan Van Winkle

Every day on my Facebook, I publish a photograph I love. I will be happy to welcome you !

I love the meditation of the Art Model. I love her reflection in the water. I love the colors, the composition... Dan Van Winkle, your rest was beneficial for your inspiration. A big BRAVO, dear Dan. I want more !!!

"This seems to be the trend for me these days. No shooting for a month or two and then two in less than a week...I took this afternoon off and drove around in the "cold" weather with Stormrider."

September 24, 2016

An Artist from India, Ashok

 "Submerged Nude"

Preparing this article Ashok did a wonderful work until to give me some words :
"Ashok had featured in UdA about five years ago with his images of nudes shot in India. We now bring an update to his portfolio in his own words." His interview by AlexB.
There are really few artistic nude photographers in India, maybe two or three with him in the magazine. I learned that the Art Models doesn't want to show their face and you learn much more by reading him. Since 5 years, Ashok uses more layers and textures in his photographs what gives to his work a beautiful painting style rarely exhibited here.

I deeply thank you Ashok for your quick and so kind cooperation, for your passion and your confidence.

"Nude in Copper"

"Cast in Stone"

I have been into photography from the 70’s with interests in landscape, portraits, travel and art nudes. Using film I found that generally labs in India could not deliver the same quality as overseas which was a disappointment. Commitments to my work left little time to find a suitable model. All this changed when digital came along.  My workhorse was the Nikon D100 6MP which was a superb machine that could deliver image quality.

When Chris very kindly agreed to publish an update on my work after so many years  I told him that I now seem to have moved to using layers and textures in many of my images. Textures don’t always work. It depends on the image and the blending mode used. I find some days yield more nice images than others. U need to play around with it and see what results you get.

I collect textures of what I see such as a painted wall, oil stains, rusted metal, water drops on a window and so on.

I still like the traditional nudes especially in black & white with the long range of tones and light and shadow that emphasis the shapes and lines.  That will always be my first love. I no longer shoot film as its hard to get and processing options limited and expensive. As a result my old Rolleiflex has gone into retirement.


Being in India, its still difficult after so many years to find a model as art nudes is a little known and understood concept among models. Not many photographers shoot nudes. 

My models are all non professional people who like my work and model on the condition they remain unknown.  I am always looking for potential models from India or overseas. These days Indian photographic exhibitions are getting more images of nudes from overseas photographers which hopefully increases the awareness in India.

After about 35 years of using a Nikon I finally moved to a Fuji X Pro1 with Fuji glass 10~24mm, 18~55mm and the very lovely 50~140mm f2.8 Lens. My needs have changed and I am not getting any younger. The Fuji X Pro1 is a very retro looking camera and has all the adjustments I could want. I shoot RAW and jpg. The jpg from the camera is excellent needing little if any adjustment. The RAW files are processed in Affinity Photo a somewhat new software that does everything PS could do and for a very modest one time fee. Black & white conversion is using Silver Efex Pro which I highly recommend.

"Painted Nude"

Almost all my work is shot in available light from a window and a reflector for fill in the shadows. I do not feel the need for a strobe light. Apart from indoor nudes I would like to shoot nudes in the landscape although with India’s very large population its not easy to find a suitable location.

Some of the images have been exhibited in International Salons in India and overseas and won awards. Its very satisfying to have acceptances in International exhibitions where one is competing against the best.

UdA has always been a site that inspires me as some of the worlds best photographers have their work on display. It’s a great place to see different styles and learn for them.

Thank you Ashok, I blushed !

September 17, 2016

Olivier Pieri, Sculptor of bodies

A new member of Univers d'Artistes

Olivier Pieri told me :
- It is a hobby Chris.
I answered :
- A passion Olivier, since your 15 ! As me with your father...

I discovered Olivier Pieri, from France, with the first photograph of this article which became my Daily Artwork of my Facebook before I asked him the permission to exhibit his work.

Olivier reminds me an answer of Thorsten Jankowski :
"Black and white addicted, I see myself as a Sculptor of bodies - the human form is predestinated to create images which rock. When I am taking pictures, I am working. I am conducting, I am analyzing, I am waiting for the right moment, I am anathematising the light, I am seeing, I am concentrated."

As André Brito, Marc Hoppe and Sjur Road, Olivier Pieri sculpts his talented Art Models in a magnificent way I love since the beginning of the magazine. Before to know him, Olivier, I am proud and honored to welcome you. And a very deep thanks for your enthusiasm !

Olivier Pieri est né à Lyon, France, en 1966. Son intérêt pour la photographie se révèle à 15 ans, le jour où son père lui donne un appareil photo. Pendant quelques années, l’appareil le suit au gré de ses pérégrinations et de ses rencontres.

Il s’initie aussi au développement dans un laboratoire prêté par des professeurs de mathématiques, amis de sa mère et également passionnés par la photographie. L’entrée dans la vie professionnelle et le passage au numérique marque une pause de plusieurs années.

La rencontre avec Gil Lebois, photographe, ravive la flamme. Avec lui, grâce à lui, il apprend la lumière et le studio. Plus récemment, il contribue à la création du site Pagephoto.

Aujourd’hui, son travail photographique est centré sur le portrait et le nu en studio.

The Encuber
Le Cube
(My favorite series among many others)

Olivier Pieri in color

September 13, 2016

North Country

By: Michael Vasquez

We worked in the same hospital, she a nurse, me a lowly floor-cleaner.  Always the friendly sort, we made friend's, and she agreed to pose for me.  I took her way far north of Toronto to an old abandoned cement mixing sort of structure.  We'd been working for a few hours in a bunker-like cement building, and I was getting so nice stuff.  I ran out of film in my second camera, and as I grabbed the camera I almost dropped the damn thing.  I looked over at my model, and she was all goose-pimply.  So out into the sunshine, and warmth..., we sat, and talked while slowly she warmed up.

September 5, 2016

Girl in the Graveyard

One of my younger one’s, only twenty (20), living life in the fast lane. But that’s what we do at twenty (20) isn’t it? As she was a vegetarian I roasted some asparagus, red bell-pepper, baby red-potatoes. Of course white wine to wash it all down. We worked at a friends farm, and the boy had been into the white lighting, and were feeling no pain. They met my model, and it was funny, they were both on their best behavior. 

August 30, 2016

Alexey Nikishin

Member since 2007

Alexey Nikishin is a talented and multi-awarded Russian photographer. He told me yes for this article with enthusiastic and kind words. When I read his answer, I blushed. Dear Alexey, thank you, I am honored.

"Living, delicate, perfect tones, amazing composures, great lighting..." are the comments of some photographers in his portfolio. They are right of course. However they forget the grace, the emotion and the wonderful poses of his Art Models directed by an imaginative and inspired photographer.

His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and are part of the permanent collections of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Moscow Multimedia Art Museum.

"Study with the girl and the trunk (horizontal)"

"Medved II"

"Thus far without the name"

" I am Alexey Nikishin, Russian Photographer.

Member of the Photographers Union of Russia, Member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers Association, Member of the board of adjudicators of the photocontest at and its winner, Teacher of School of the Modern Photo in Moscow.

Exibitions and Printed Issues : author's exibition in Moskow club Ogurets, April 2006, photos at the exhibition "Kargopol - heart of the Russian North", April-May 2005, author's calendar year 2006 along with company EFSI, exhibition of my photos at "TECHNOSILA" booth and in the PHOTOFORUM-2005, April 2005 My photographs are also a part of the private collections of Europe, USA, Canada, Russia and Ukraine.

If you find my works beautiful and you are interested in cooperation please feel free to get in touch with me."

"Katia nude portrate"

"Olya nude 3"

Nude woman's body dressed in more than mere skin is beautiful and unique. Exceptionally powerful vigor is housed inside. My work is erotic art unlike the artificial pictures of plastic models from glossy magazines.

"The Bride"

"Bride's girlfriend"

August 25, 2016

The Art of Dan Van Winkle

Member of Univers d'Artistes since 2007

In 2008, Dan Van Winkle told me during his interview :
"Define my own style ? Never. My style is constantly changing, otherwise I'd be a static and bored photographer. I could never do the same thing over and over.
I guess if I had a style, it would be to attempt to use natural fantastic light whenever possible.
I also have to admit that I love the way that oil/water and skin play together in the righ light."
And that's true ! From 2007 to our days Dan has never done the same thing as you could see it during the years I have exhibited his wonderful photographs. That said, in his last works I saw his camera take a little more distance from his always talented Art Models. And in 9 years, he found some other poses and magic places as the outdoors addicted photographer he still is.

Dan Van Winkle is a warm and friendly man and overall a great photographer I am proud and honored to know. Thank you Dan from the bottom of my heart for your active participation for this 10th article.

A little more about Dan Van Winkle :

Dan has shot landscapes for many years, honing his craft on many hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the environs around his house in Marin County, California and in various places around the world.

About 12 years ago he got the idea (not that original of an idea to be sure) to start incorporating the nude figure into his landscapes and has been focusing on that mostly since then.

The feeling of being out in nature working with a free spirited female (or male) model, collaborating to create an image that evokes emotion, thought or just appreciation for the combined beauty is one that Dan cherishes and will continue to pursue for many years to come.

By trade Dan is an electronic hardware design engineer mostly focusing on high frequency circuit design.  He works at the prestigious SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory where some of his circuits enable scientists from all over the world to do cutting edge research.  Shooting is a way for Dan to relax and re-connect with nature and other likeminded people.

Dan asked me to choose among more than one hundred photographs ! I spent three days to watch them one by one... Thank you Dan ;-)

My latest shoot with Art Model Kaela

For many, many years, I’ve wanted to do a shoot in the High Sierra.  I did one once, but the area I chose to go to just wasn’t what I had hoped.  Plus, I was younger and less experienced at shooting nudes.  So, I don’t really count that shoot.  Just recently (the day after my birthday) I made plans to shoot with Kaela near her home base in Bishop, CA.  The following galleries the outcome of our collaboration over a day and a half.  I hope they are enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making them.

There were basically for parts to the shot, we started at 5:30AM at some hot springs near Mammoth Lakes for sunrise.  We then moved to Convict lake for a short hike around the lake.  We then caught lunch and rested in the afternoon.  Then it was up the mountain towards Bishop Pass with an end goal of Bull Lake just below Chocolate Peak.  Then, it was home, to sleep, and up again the next day to start my new project with my old canoe.  I’ve already done a post on the canoe project, but will include the gallery again here for completeness.  Please, do, enjoy!  I do this for the love of it and to share with others.

One of my favorite locations

Salt Point is one of my favorite places for environmental nudes (that’s what I’m calling them now).

One of my favorite models in one of my favorite places

A special trip to oceano

I end this article by a beautiful and realistic thought of Dan Van Winkle for the young photographers : No matter what difficulties you face, follow your dreams and be true to yourself.

Yes Dan, the dreams come true. Thank you again !

One of my "old" favorites with Art Model Vassanta :