Exploring Creative Intimacy In Photographer Chill's NSFW Shots

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Art in and of itself is an intimate activity for any practitioner; we take our emotions and bring them out of ourselves, putting them into physical form as an expression of how we see and feel the world around us. 

One of the most classic and inspiring muses that has continued to titilate artists of every generation is the female form. "It's difficult for me to explain why I'm sensitive to it," explains French photographer and admirer of the female form, Chill.

Chill's work is characterized by a distinct connection to his subjects, visible in their own confidence being projected through the images he creates. Focusing on the body as a whole, Chill creates work that ignites the synapses, taking his viewers to a calm, comfortable and creatively stimulating space. The enigmatic, one-word-named creative tells Konbini:

(Photo: Chill)

"Through erotic and nude photography, I try to highlight the natural beauty of everyday situations, often combined with a certain sense of aestheticism and singularity that private moments can have. Simple, authentic, natural, nude but not naked."

Often secluded to the confines of a bedroom, Chill and his subjects are left to their own devices, finding a way to use only the body and seemingly arbitrary props to their advantage. His use of light compliments the natural curves of his subjects, creating exploratory spaces where the body is simultaneously the finished work of art, but also the blank canvas.

"I'm always observing the model carefully," he explains, "looking for details I find interesting, waiting for the right time, the right move that will catch my eye and my very own sense of aestheticism and beauty. A main part of my photography work is to capture this singular thing that subjects radiate – consciously or unconsciously – at a precise moment."

I find myself discovering a sense of lust for creativity embedded in each of his subjects, captured in a moment of sensualism, curiosity or even just blank consciousness allowing the viewer to interpret for themselves who or what the women may have in mind.

(Photo: Chill)

(Photo: Chill)

(Photo: Chill)

"A creative and natural aura which emanates from the women I work with is crucial. I cannot create anything without models, it's a collaborative work.

This energy you perceive can be also linked to the confident and respectful relationship which is naturally set up during the sessions. 

They are based on attention, shared tastes and diversified conversations in an upright and innocuous atmosphere."

As a self-taught photographer, Chill used trial and error in order to find his own style and his own creative way. With this and – above all – respect for his subjects, their vulnerability is captured and exalted, instead of used as a commodity or with intentions to embed shame.

"Mainstream media is more fearful of a nipple you could see through a t-shirt than stuff which needs their serious involvement like misogny, racism, etc. I think it's partly due to the constant objectification of women's body.

They're like 'if it's feminine, it's obviously sexual so that can't be tolerated nor respectively shared. Media tries to divide us and make people uncomfortable with themselves and their own unique body." 

(Photo: Chill)

(Photo: Chill)

Chill is capable of finding the beauty in his subjects without much work. Not one to discriminate, he explains, "Since the day I started, I always answered anyone who wanted to be a part of my photographic project who had passion and who decided one day to contact me."

On the topic of beauty standards, which he understands can keep many women from experiencing the joy of seeing their nude form exalted on film, Chill explains: "I feel fairly optimistic that beauty standards are going to vanish or evolve, depending on your point of view."

"It will take so much time, yes, sure. But I feel good things are moving from recent years. Self-acceptation is making its own progress and that's really encouraging."

"Keeping all those important things in mind, I keep focusing on what I love to do; in my little corner. I just want to keep making pictures that me and the model like, first. I'm not motivated by how it can be perceived online."

Have a peak for yourself with the images above and below. And keep up with Chill's photographic work on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and his website

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(Photo: Chill)

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(Photo: Chill)