In this surreal photograph, Emily poses in front of a desk that is a relic of decades gone by. This is an urban exploration art nude photograph. The filth is punctuated by an ashtray and packages from the associated vile habit. Our protagonist throws a multitude of papers in the air in a defiant expression of vibrance amidst the sinister atmosphere of rust, decay, and grime. The shadowy-blue glass blocks lining the wall behind her complement her brilliant golden hair and the old, yellowing sheets of paper fluttering through the air toward the viewer.
Each sheet of paper is a rectangle, echoing numerous rectangles appearing in the image. The fluttering papers are rectangles freed from structure. The varying scale of the papers emphasizes the feeling of depth, with some sheets close and others far. The identical drawers, one near and the other far, on either side of her legs, serve the same purpose. The converging lines of the window panes bring a sense of perspective that echos the grid of concrete blocks of the wall behind her.
The color scheme of the image pits warm earthy yellows and pinks against cool blue-greens and grays. Although the foreground colors are not particularly intense, their impact is amplified by comparison to the muted tones surrounding them.
To create this “urbex”— urban exploration art nude photograph — I received permission to enter an abandoned portion of a former US Navy base. There is something seductive about abandoned places. They connect the viewer to the past, reminding us of change, and challenge the idea of permanency. The textures and forms that I can discover through urban exploration offer intriguing combinations and contrasts to the female form.
This floor of the building will no longer look as it did. With real estate at a premium, old buildings, temporarily forgotten, are renovated into commercial and manufacturing spaces.