Holly Williams for Art-Sheep
In photography projects the model is usually the one who is in a position to feel most vulnerable and exposed and the number of people who feel awkward or embarrassed in front of the lens is by all means not a small one. In the case of Trevor Christensen, a Utah-based photographer, however, the process’ dynamics change, as the artist himself is put in a position where he is in fact more vulnerable that his subject. In Nude Portraits, Christensen plays with convention by being the one naked instead of his models, in a project as challenging and interesting for the latter as it is for the photographer himself.
During the photo-shoot, the artist always prepares his sitters for what is to follow, letting them know explicitly of his nudity, as well as assuring them of their complete safety, albeit the unavoidable discomfort or embarrassment they might experience. As he states, “The photographer/subject paradigm is one of inequality. Nude Portraits is about leveling the playing field in an unorthodox way. Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease–where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability.”