Why This Photographer Loves Shooting Female Nudes (NSFW)

Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
Yes, Polish-born Kava Gorna is a fashion photographer, experienced in shooting models in poses and expressions that align with her clients' aesthetics. And, considering that Gorna has worked with style giants from Vogue to Urban Outfitters to Opening Ceremony, it's easy to see that she's also pretty good at what she does — even more so when you view her seductive, playful images of men and women sporting everything from chambray tops to bright-pink overalls.
On her own time, Gorna gravitates toward photographing subjects with fewer clothes — oftentimes none. "I want to explore how we project concepts of sexuality onto the female body," she explains. Much of Gorna's personal work centers around women, cars, and flowers — a provocative mix that evokes tropes of femininity and masculinity, beauty, objectification.
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"I think a lot of sexy images of women exist because they’re taken from an objectifying gaze and one that has a predatory component to it," Gorna explains. "It makes you feel like the subject is performing something for the viewer. What I try to do with my images is create a level of comfort or a level of intimacy that makes you feels like you are there with the person." Ahead, 10 images from Gorna's personal work, alongside her thoughts on her artistic choices.
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
Why do you photograph the female form, and what do you try to accomplish when you do?

"I have always been drawn to the female form; it is truly a beautiful subject to focus on."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"Yet, often I have felt that there was a representation that was being unfilled in the way that the nude is often depicted."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"I think [my work is in] a territory that focuses on an expression of a strong and self-fulfilled woman that is not necessarily being subjected to a diagnosed idea of beauty or sexuality."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"It is not meant as a rejection of standards, but a space that is the way one likes to feel."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
What roles do cars and flowers play in your photography?

"I think both cars and flowers are tropes of standards: They represent the masculine and the feminine, and we expect them to have statures of strength and beauty respectively."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"I approach the subjects on a more personal level: I feel like [when] I am taking portraits of the cars, they are sometimes delicate or vulnerable."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"I see the flowers in all their potential — they can often be a little on the wilting side or even the budding side, but it's about the beauty of various stages."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
Your images are often sexy — what sets the sex appeal of models in your personal work apart from that of models in your commercial photography?

"[I’m] not trying to get that sexiness OUT of them. I guess I try to take it from the female perspective of the subject."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
What's your take on retouching in your personal photography?

"I generally don't, though I don't have a specific rule against it. I'm never really interested in altering a form — I shoot my personal projects on film and I don't like to edit that medium, sometimes a blemish here or there might distract from the bigger picture, but as a general rule, no."
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Image: Courtesy Of Kava Gorna.
"Beauty lies in everything — [even] in a decrepit car."
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