A hint of nothing or exquisite fabrics, glamorous grace and delicate temptation – a photo taken in aesthetic beauty with a romantic dreaminess or cheeky and playful with a fine touch of subtle sensuality.
Whether simple bra or elegant corset, a playful baby doll or a tender negligee, from pure silk, noble velvet or seductive lace, with or without stockings or nylons – photographer Christian Walter stands for sophisticated and appealing lingerie photography.
To explain what lingerie photography is. I first set myself a special task. Partly because the term lingerie photography seems so clear that involuntarily, everybody seems to have, his or her own certain idea about it. Secondly, excellent lingerie photography, after all, lingerie photography is so much more then then just an image of a person shown in underwear.
Lingerie Photography resembles a chimera. Just like this fabulous creature of the Greco-Roman mythology, composed from different beings, yet, unites all their characters within itself. The products described as lingerie photos, depict neither a portrait nor a nude, yet, both genres are representative in lingerie photography.
Most people obtaining lingerie photos of themselves usually do so from an erotic point of view. The semi naked or even in the undressed state, they are created to entice, to induce a sense of curiosity, encouragement and even serve to provoke the viewer. Nevertheless, people who want lingerie photos neither want to exhibit or even offer their bodies, but invite the viewer to come closer. Not just to look but to see. With this aspect taken into account, Lingerie Photography comes very close to the recording of Nude Photos.
At the same time, people depicted in lingerie reveal a great deal of their personality. Even the choice of lingerie of the person in the image allows drawing a conclusion of their nature.For example, lingerie photography in classically designed corsets, chemisettes or bodice, gives the model a romantic, playful and rather reserved nature, while balconette bras or imaginatively cut hipsters pronouncing, which draw feminine attributes into the centre revoke much different associations. Lingerie Photography becomes even more ambiguous if the model is portrayed in lacquer-, leather-, or latex clothes with matching accessories. Equally revealing is the posture, look or the preferred perspective the model favours its lingerie photos. This all taken into account, lingerie photography transpires an amazing parallel to portrait photography.
Similarly ambiguous as the crux of lingerie photography and lingerie photos is its history: Back in the day, when the first photographers tentatively introduced, revealing bodies to their work, nudity was still much too intimate for public acceptance. Accordingly, only a few models were bold enough to undress completely. This created an opportunity for lingerie photography to fill the gap. Taking photos of a girl in underwear posed the highest degree an artist could even hope! Those very early lingerie photos therefore served not as much to tease, but paved the way to nude photography.
Although those early pictures were not lingerie photos in the modern sense of the word, they still are regarded as the precursor of the later Lingerie Photography. Surprisingly, the partially dressed girls drew a much higher attraction than the soon following nude ladies. Furthermore, lingerie photos attracted less negative attraction than real nudes. This gave them the additional advantage for unbiased exhibition.
A fact, which photographers of Lingerie Photography took advantage of and made it their own, is the so-called pin-ups. This kind of lingerie photos showed women at extremely short skirts, which gave a glimpse of straps, stockings and a suggestion of panties. This type of lingerie photography emerged first in America and soon became the soldiers’ companion during the Second World War in Europe. It then did not take long and pin-ups became a favourite subject for bartering and even trading. The charm and captivity, those images held for men, inspired the development of nudes and lingerie photography. While the compositions and themes became increasingly permissible, another phenomenon started to develop: with the model, romantically dressed up in lingerie, the body was no longer the focus point but shifted to what the photograph hid from the observer.
This fundamentally altered the meaning of lingerie represented in those pictures. From the early signs of exposure an independent photo object had developed. One that aims to characterize the personality of the mannequin in the framework of lingerie photography, superior to how portrait photography ever could have managed.
After photographers realized this, lingerie photography was pronounced its own genre within their art. Engaging the strategic importance of light and seeing the object (model) from a different perspective, photographers developed, the once modest lingerie photography, into authentic works of artistry. Photographers also noticed that the lingerie worn by the mannequins would have a substantial impact on this kind of photography. Depending on the lace, cotton or leather worn by the model, the significance of the image would shift.
The skillful application of this insight ensured that lingerie photos not only became a socially acceptable variation of nude photography, but also increasingly acknowledged as an artistically aesthetic composition. Well-constructed lingerie photography has the same power as portrait photography: If well done it can capture the essence of a person. The focus no longer rests on nudity, but on the person’s attitude and emotional state.
Like most photographers, so am I, obeying to the demand of Lingerie Photography. My desire is to epitomize the model in all is facets – independent of lingerie, everyday clothing or by wearing special clothing to pose a particular role.Watch my gallery!