Gerhardt Thompson: The Sun-Drenched Nud at Gadfly Gallery is part of Fotofreo 2008 Biennale running April 3 through April 27, 2008. From its very beginnings nude photography has been contentious and frequently identified with erotica. It is fair to say that nothing much has changed today but nude photography of both the male and female form is a primary occupation for many serious photographers, and as is the nude figure for many other artists. Gerhardt Thompson is a fine art nude photographer working strictly in black and white. He describes his subject matter as, “the beauty of the nude physique in the Australian bush and (on the) beach.” Gerhardt Thompson has been a Premiere Portfolio Member at absolutearts.com since 2005.
Thompson comments, "I almost exclusively shoot outdoors. While I have done some studio work, I find very little to challenge me when I can control every aspect of the light and mood. I also find it difficult to create something truly unique in a studio. Most of the time no matter how good it may be it always ends up similar to so many other studio nudes. I am Australian and it is also where I live, I have spent my life in the outdoors, surfing, bush walking, sporting activities, I just love being outdoors … so I suppose it was almost a natural decision for me to go outdoors with the camera. I also enjoy exploring the natural sunlight, harnessing its nuances and working with the constant intricate changes which I have no control over but have to work with. To me it is more of a challenge trying to harness this often hostile yet beautiful light, particularly with nudes."
He has won over 70 awards in both open and specific categories and over 70 acceptances / honourable mentions. Thompson is also a photographic judge at www.photokonkurs.com.
He is considered one of the top photographic masters of the B&W Artistic Nude.
The exhibition consists of 32 photographs, some of which are shown here.
View more of Gerhardt Thompson's work in his Portfolio at absolutearts.com: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/g/gerhardt/
Artist: Gerhardt Thompson
Title: Soul of a Woman
Year Created: 2006
Medium: Black and White Photograph
Width: 18 inches
Height: 13 inches
Edition Size: 5
Price: US$ 1800
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