What is nude?

I can only say that after a very long time, I may have only half the answer figured

?What does nude mean to me

It was a quiet July morning and I was sitting on the wooden floors of my studio staring at the backdrops. I just felt like, I just knew that I had to create something meaningful. I felt a growing fire ball of passion inside of me and the only way to release it was to find the right way to turn it into art

?But how

?How could I explain what I wanted to explain

The problem was  I had no idea what it was that I wanted to explain

See, the fact was that I knew things, and I felt things that were blurred by a mist, which to me felt like deep confusion

All I knew was that I needed to create

But that moment was probably one of those other failed moments where my attempts to understand my own thoughts were futile

Or at least that is how I felt, when the clock showed me that I had been sitting there for almost 2 hours

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nude art by Nofar Horovitz
Nude art by Nofar Horovitz

I have been photographing women for a long time. Over the years I have developed an increasing curiosity

Every day I met a different woman, with a different story to tell, a different body, a different body image, a different pose when I used to say , “just stand in front of the camera as you see fit”, I was searching, searching for the core that is common to all women, which unites them all and could be understood via photography

I sought to capture the essence with my lens and serve it to the world, so that they can understand and see

In the course of my work I photographed not only the women that came to me, but also their thoughts, their life stories and ambitions

I felt like each of these women should have a different pose that is best suited to her, where they not only feel the most comfortable, but which represents their whole being in the best way possible

After watching the images , I could easily find the right one on the screen of my computer

I have realized that despite many changes that have occurred in women’s status over the years, many still see themselves through an outdated rigidly structured prism, as if it is something they cannot avoid

They find it hard to detach themselves from specific stereotypes that have been etched into their consciousness

It is mesmerizing to see how many things one could know of a person through a nude image, which has absolutely nothing to do with body or sexuality, but rather state of mind, perception  of the world, and many other things

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Nude art by Nofar Horovitz
Nude art by Nofar Horovitz

?What is nude to me

My name is Nofar Horovitz , and I am an artist photographer. I have developed a long term broad nude art project, which was exhibited in Europe and Israel. Nude to me is the most powerful way to convey a status, a feeling, a situation

It can be empowering and meaningful both to the viewer and the model

In time I began to receive requests from women, asking me to photograph them, asking to see themselves through my lens, to become art, and seeking to better connect to their body

Some women were going through a self-acceptance phase, the others were asking to go through it. Some were celebrating their body, but they were all looking for that phototherapy studio time, that one on one time we share, with the intimate studio lighting and our conversation about life, about art, about nude, about women

Nude to me, is not just naked

It surely is not exposed

Nude to me is honesty, acceptance and truth

Altogether shows exactly who you are

And how beautiful

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About the Author
Nofar Horovitz was born in 1986 and is a photographer based in Israel. She is married, a mother and a studio owner.
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