Category Archives: Nudes

Noel Zheng: Untitled (“Bare”)



An ongoing project by Noel Zheng, Copyright 2018


Untitled (“Bare”)


The specifications of this project was based around the idea of “sex sells” and “Erotica”. In response to this, I developed, more or less, a social project on what it means to be sexy and attractive in the 21st century.

The idea behind this project is to explore the interaction between the model and a white button up shirt, and how this article of clothing is used to accentuate or mask the body; this takes the model to the brink of what they are confident with. In any of the cases along the spectrum, the model will thus be confident and comfortable with how much or little they are showing. Therefore, this resonates the idea that skin or no skin can be equally sexy and attractive. At the project’s core, skin is just skin.

I interviewed each model during each photography session both to reap the safest and body positive environment, and to understand their confidence in their own skin. Some of the answers are as follows (responses provided by differing models):

What makes a man/ woman beautiful/ attractive to you?

Confidence, 100%. If someone is confident in themselves and shows this when they are around others, I think it makes them more attractive and more beautiful than any surface appearance.

Follow up question: do you feel beautiful/ attractive?

I think I’m beautiful. I don’t often think of myself as attractive.

When do you feel the proudest of who you are?

When I’m creating-in the kitchen, behind the camera, on a canvas, on paper and then when I’m looking at my finished creation. Also, when I see that I’ve made an impact on someone else, that’s definitely a very proud moment!

What three things do you value the most about your body?

I most value my body for what it is capable of. In terms of aesthetics, I value my abs, my lips and my butt, of course.

What three things do you value the most?

Money, food, and friends. In that order.


About The Author: Noel Zheng is a Sophomore majoring in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020. To access additional articles by Noel Zheng, click here



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Xiaonan Chen: Oriental Erotic Art


Photography and Text by Xiaonan Chen, Copyright 2017




This series of photos aims to express the oriental erotic art: Woman wearing Japanese costumes: kimono. With the makeup which fits the dress and expresses the erotic emotion ambiguously. The woman bundles her hair and bares her neck. Her nails are as red as her lips and her eye show. The decorations on her head are white and pink sakura. The sakura is also used as the pattern on her kimono.

The first and second Photos show women making up. They shoot from the back of the woman. Her back is a blur, the focus is on her face, reflected in the mirror. Both the back and the front are captured in this photo. People can view the woman in two ways in this photo, leaving more space for imagination. In the third photo, the woman lying on the bed. In this photo, there are a lot of contrasts: the black curtain versus the white bed sheet. The colorful kimono verses the monochromatic background. The red lip and the black eyelash, etc.

In the fourth picture, the figure is lying on the bed, the beautiful kimono is lost and spreads on the bed with her body. Her eyes and posture convey the emotion of love and nostalgia. In the fifth photo, the woman distorts her body, lifting one of her arms and looking her like fell into her deep thoughts. The warm light prominent this atmosphere. In the rest of the pictures, the intense emotion and the erotic atmosphere is mainly conveyed through the different poses and demeanor of the characters, leaving behind many clues without disclosing them, showing the beauty of oriental erotic art.


Xiaonan Chen is enrolled in the graduate program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Xiaonan Chen, click here



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Linda Ruan: Sexy Yet Subdued


Photography and Text by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2017




In this series of photographs, I aim to construct a scene that is sexy yet subdued. The product I am featuring is one of Coco Chanel’s fragrances: Coco Noir. Instead of centering all my images around the actual spray bottle, I cut out its label and paste it on either the corner or the center of each of my photographs.

Since the assignment is about erotica and I find photographing others might be awkward, I then use a tripod and hand hold my camera to shoot me and my lover. I set the ISO to 1600 because we are shooting inside where the light is low and I do now want blurry images. I specifically choose to shoot at night because I want to photograph some body movements in silhouettes.  My inspiration for shooting silhouettes is that one night I was staying up late and did not close my curtains. The warm outside light against the dark grey sky impressed me. Romantic and still are the only words that I could think of to describe that scene. So, I decided to photograph that moment for this assignment.

To me, erotic imagery is about desires. It does not have to be explicit sex, although majority of the mainstream media outlets capture it. I was especially shocked by the explicit nude male body when I saw Samuel de Cubber for Yves Saint Laurent’s fragrance M7 ad campaign (2002). Using overt sex to sell products might be too much and not that acceptable for viewers or buyers. Yet, it is undeniable that they might attract more attentions because viewers are then taking up the voyeuristic role of the erotic subjects.

I was originally thinking about capturing body movements all in silhouette, however, I found it extremely difficult to do because tripod made the timing, posing as well as focusing harder. It then turns out only two images that against the curtains are in good quality. I then decided to hand hold my camera, yet later I also found it hard to do because the distance is too close and sometimes I could not focus and release the button, though luckily, I got some good photos. I edited all my photos in a warm orange tone because I wanted to recreate the mood that I was feeling and thinking of the other night. Overall, this series of photographs is about the desire for love through intimate touch and allusive sex that are invoked by Coco Chanel’s Le Noir fragrance.


About The Author: Linda Ruan is a sophomore with Painting and Art History concentration at Bryn Mawr College.  To access additional articles by Linda Ruan, go here



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Exhibition Announcement: Hamburg, Germany

Objects of Art: Dressed/Undressed. From the book of Tableaux Vivants.

Objects of Art: Dressed/Undressed. From the book of Tableaux Vivants.


Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017.


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Jinghong Cui: Male and Female



Photography and Text by Jinghong Cui, Copyright 2017




In most erotic photography I have seen, there were both women and men in the picture to directly picture the relationship. So I attempted to do it in a rather indirect way.

In this series, there was no woman directly in the picture. However, the lipstick and perfume are a clue of woman’s presence. More specially, in some pictures, there was a female cat. Both in Chinese and some Western cultures, cats are representative of being graceful, sexy, mysterious, seductive women. From the interaction of the man and those feminine embodiments, we can feel the intimate relationship between male and female.

I didn’t show the model’s entire face in all of the pictures because I wanted to focus on the sexuality rather than the model himself. Since there was no woman present, in order to highlight the females presence in each photo, I set those feminine objectives to be colorful and the rest of the picture to be black and white to create a strong contrast. When I was producing the shoot, I set the ISO high because I wanted to use noise to add more texture and emotion to the picture.


About The Author: Jinghong Cui is a graduate student studying Material Science at the University of Pennsylvania. To access additional articles by Jinghong Cui, click here



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