Intimate photography: the new therapy?

Photographers are enjoying a rise in nude, boudoir and intimate photography. But the results are surprising everyone.
Intimate photography is on the rise. Image is a naked woman shot from behind and from the middle of her back down, sitting on the floor with her arms held out to her side and bathed in a warm sunny glow.

Photography is more popular than ever. While some future-focused photographers blend modes and styles, others want to capitalise on the latest trend in “intimate” photography. Nude and boudoir shoots have exploded in popularity in Australia. The photographers offering them say the work is emotional, fulfilling and mind-bending. 

When Jaq, owner of Gang of Babes Photography in Melbourne, decided to offer shoots with nudity, she had a very specific vision. ‘It’s not about sexy,’ Jaq tells ArtsHub. ‘It’s about body neutrality. It’s about saying, “You know what? This body has got me this far. And we’re just going to honour that, in this moment of my life.”’

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David Burton is a writer from Meanjin, Brisbane. David also works as a playwright, director and author. He is the playwright of over 30 professionally produced plays. He holds a Doctorate in the Creative Industries.